The private sector trend in reducing health benefits offered to workers, particularly in low-wage jobs, the sluggish economic recovery in Illinois and rising health care costs indicate that the public sector's role in providing access to health care to low- and, increasingly, middle-income, uninsured families will only grow over time. However, as health care costs continue to skyrocket at an unsustainable pace, all levels of government grapple with financing the health care safety-net. The Center for Tax and Budget Accountability provides data-based, in-depth analysis of the public health care system and the impact it has on government, taxpayers and low-income individuals.
Analysis & Reports
March 18, 2010
Medicaid Plays a Critical Role in Illinois’ Economy (full report)
While the primary benefit of Illinois’ Medicaid program is delivering health care to the most vulnerable members of society, Medicaid also has a significant economic dimension. As Medicaid dollars funnel through the local economy, they support not only private health care providers and local businesses, but also wages, employment, business income, consumer spending, state tax revenue and overall economic output.
The Finance Workgroup of the Illinois Older Adult Services Advisory Committee, of which CTBA is a part, releases a primer on how Illinois finances long-term care for older adults.
An analysis of the role “intergovernmental transfers”
and the “upper payment limit” play in financing Illinois’ Medicaid
program. These financing mechanisms are critical to funding health
care for poor and low-income individuals throughout the state.
CTBA is pleased to announce the release of a study comparing the value of the tax breaks received by Cook County non-profit hospitals to the charity care they provide in return.