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Illinois budget officials said Thursday that revenues are flowing into state coffers at a faster pace than previously estimated, meaning lawmakers will have more money to work with as they try to finalize a new budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1

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As Illinois lawmakers continue to push for the passage of an energy overhaul this spring, the Illinois House Energy and Environment Committee discussed the latest proposal to enter the discussion – Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s Consumers and Climate First Act.

The decision by Gateway Regional Medical Center to close its obstetric unit could have caused it to lose its status as an Illinois "safety-net hospital" for the poor. That would have eliminated millions of dollars in supplemental Medicaid funding each year. But Gateway kept its status under Illinois Senate Bill 1530, signed into law April 2 by Gov. Pritzker. 

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Pritzker said Illinois school districts can expect to receive roughly $7 billion in federal funds to help them transition back to in-person learning, mainly through the recently-passed American Rescue Plan. About 90% of that money will come in the form of direct payments.

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Specifically, HB 158 addresses access to health care, hospital closures, managed care organization reform, community health worker certification and reimbursement, maternal and infant mortality, mental and substance abuse treatment, and medical implicit bias.

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