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MDH CEO Kenny Boyd Joins Advocacy Day In Springfield To Protect Illinois Health Care

4/30/2012

Macomb, IL— McDonough District Hospital President/CEO Kenny Boyd was among hospital leaders that met with their State Senators and Representatives in Springfield during the Illinois Hospital Association’s Hospital Advocacy Day on April 25. Boyd and others discussed the dire consequences of the Governor’s proposed $2.7 billion cut to Medicaid (23 percent), as well as the critical need for the General Assembly to enact a legislative solution on hospital tax exemption in the spring session.

The Governor’s Medicaid proposal includes a major rate cut to hospitals of $350 million or 8 percent and $150 million in other reductions targeted at hospitals. Boyd spoke with Sen. John Sullivan and Rep. Norine Hammond, who represent the hospital’s legislative districts, that the proposed Medicaid cut is so large and drastic, it would force hospitals across the state to reduce or eliminate health care services, jobs or both, reducing patients’ access to the health care they need. MDH is currently waiting for the state to process $8 million in Medicaid bills submitted over 60 days. The state provides a discounted payment through Medicaid. The Governor’s proposal would cut the discounted payments to MDH by more than $300,000.    

“We recognize the state faces serious financial challenges.” said Boyd. “However, blunt Medicaid cuts will hurt the most vulnerable populations in our community, hospitals and the health care delivery system. The IHA has suggested ways to enforce eligibility requirements and make services available to those most in need as part of a multi-year strategy to make the Medicaid program as cost effective as possible.”        

Boyd also urged state lawmakers to support and enact a legislative solution to the property tax exemption issue for nonprofit hospitals. The hospital community’s approach on hospital tax exemption as the framework for a legislative solution has the support of major organizations such as the Civic Federation and Illinois Chamber of Commerce, and 18 members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation.

“We are doing our part to help the state,” Boyd added “Hospitals are the fourth largest contributor of revenues to the state, paying $900 million under the Hospital Assessment Program and generating $900 million in federal matching funds for Medicaid. Imposing massive Medicaid cuts or new taxes on hospitals are not meaningful, workable solutions to our state’s challenges.”

Illinois Hospital Association

The Illinois Hospital Association, with offices in Naperville, Springfield and Washington, D.C., is an advocate for 200 Illinois hospitals and the patients and communities they serve. Consumers can take action to oppose Medicaid cuts and support hospital tax exemption by visiting www.protectillinoishealthcare.org.

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