Fight the Elimination of Illinois Cares Rx!
Illinois House and Senate Gut Medicaid
Reverse the Elimination of Illinois Cares Rx!
Last Night, the Illinois House and Senate voted to eliminate Illinois Cares Rx, as a part of $1.6 billion of deep cuts to dozens of critical Medicaid programs. Click here to read the WUIS story featuring Citizen Action's own William McNary.
Contact Governor Quinn and your state legislators and tell them to reverse or delay the plan to eliminate Illinois Cares Rx, a critical source of prescription drug support for seniors and people with disabilities.
Remember, the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare") does not fill the prescription drug coverage gap until 2020.
The elimination of Illinois Cares Rx will impact more that 160,000 seniors and people with disabilities as soon as July 1st. This leaves front-line organizations less than 6 weeks to find a stop-gap solution.
As William McNary said yesterday, "People will not get less sick because we make these cuts. As a matter of fact, in many cases it's going to drive up health care costs over time because some of the people who would seek preventive care will now seek after-the-fact care."
Background: Illinois Cares Rx is a state program, created in 2005, that helps over 160,000 seniors and people with disabilities with their prescription medications. Some specific effects of the proposed elimination of Illinois Cares Rx would be the raising of deductibles from $0 to up to $320 and the raising of co-payments for brand-name drugs from $15-20 up to $39-95. While there will surely be some difficult cuts in whatever budget proposal is passed, eliminating Illinois Cares Rx would be devastating and end up costing the state more in the long term because hospital and nursing home admissions will increase if seniors can no longer afford their health care.
There are alternatives:
$1 cigarette tax raises $700 million
Deferring the CME/Sears tax break for one year raises $100 million
Closing the loophole for off-shore drilling raises $75 million
And on and on...