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House Votes to Restore Medicaid Cuts

House Votes to Restore Medicaid Cuts

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The Illinois House has voted to expand Medicaid despite Republican concerns about how to pay for it.

Lawmakers voted 75-37 on Wednesday to restore funding for adult dental and podiatry services. Those services were cut in 2012 as a cost-saving measure.

But┬áState┬áRep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago) says the cuts didn’t save the state money because people wound up in the emergency room, where care is more expensive.

Harris says the additional services will cost about $221 million this year. But he says federal funds will cover some of the expense, making the final cost to taxpayers about $125 million.

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