Healthcare Council of Illinois http://wuis.org en Nursing Home Advocates Call For Income Tax Extension http://wuis.org/post/nursing-home-advocates-call-income-tax-extension <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Advocates for nursing homes say if Illinois does not keep income tax rates where they are, thousands of seniors could lose access to care. But it's not yet clear whether the General Assembly will make the tax hike permanent.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lawmakers have a little less than a month to pass a budget for the next fiscal year -- a budget that nursing homes rely on to subsidize their operations.</span></p> Tue, 06 May 2014 22:05:45 +0000 Hannah Meisel 24596 at http://wuis.org Nursing Home Advocates Call For Income Tax Extension Nursing Home Advocates Relieved Over Gov. Quinn's Budget Address http://wuis.org/post/nursing-home-advocates-relieved-over-gov-quinns-budget-address <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Nursing home advocates say they're relieved by Gov. Pat Quinn's budget address last week. The governor says state has already been cut enough.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Two years ago, Gov. Quinn announced drastic cuts to Medicaid, the state's healthcare program for the poor, disabled and elderly. Medicaid helps pay for nursing homes, so when the legislature followed through on these cuts, many facilities shut down or laid off workers.</span></p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 17:08:22 +0000 Hannah Meisel 22070 at http://wuis.org Nursing Home Advocates Relieved Over Gov. Quinn's Budget Address