The Republican proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act would strip away what advocates say is essential coverage for drug addiction treatment as the number of people dying from opiate overdoses is skyrocketing nationwide.
Beginning in 2020, the plan would eliminate an Affordable Care Act requirement that Medicaid cover basic mental-health and addiction services in states that expanded it, allowing them to decide whether to include those benefits in Medicaid plans.
The proposal would also roll back the Medicaid expansion under the act — commonly known as Obamacare — which would affect many states bearing the brunt of the opiate crisis, including Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia. Thirty-one states and the District of Columbia expanded Medicaid under the ACA.
Categories: State Issues, National Issues
Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn said it is time to get long-awaited answers on the future of the South Suburban Airport.
Next week, IDOT will send out requests for information (RFI) to see if anyone in the private sector is interested in building and operating the airport, he said Thursday.
"It's time to put this to rest," Blankenhorn said. "We have been treating the people out there very badly for years. They deserve an answer."
Categories: Local Issues, State Issues, 2nd Congressional Dist.
Will County's new long range transportation plan — Will Connects 2040 — got one step closer to being an official government document Tuesday, as the public works committee recommended approval.
Final approval of the plan, which took nearly two years to develop, is expected at the March 16 county board meeting.
Given the uncertainty of the proposed but shelved Illiana toll road project, the plan identifies transportation priorities and potential funding over the next 25 years, with and without the toll road.
Categories: Local Issues
Will County is working toward a better record management system for its properties and the potential hiring of a facilities manager.
The Will County Board’s Capital Improvements Committee met Tuesday morning and received updates on various projects. Its members briefly discussed the quality control aspect of the new $195 million Will County Judicial Complex.
Will County Executive’s Office Deputy Chief of Staff Dave Tkac told the committee he was surprised, having spent most of his career in construction, that the county doesn’t have reliable record documents for any of its assets. He wants to change that for the judicial complex and the under-construction Will County Public Safety Complex.
Categories: Local Issues, Larry Walsh
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