Alton Memorial opposes ‘drastic’ Medicaid cuts

From Illinois Business Journal news services

ALTON – The board of trustees/directors of Alton Memorial Hospital has passed a resolution urging State Sen. William Haine and state Rep. Daniel Beiser to oppose what it calls “drastic” Medicaid cuts.

The board resolution warns of the dire consequences of Medicaid cuts as proposed by Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner.

The resolution reads:

“The Governor’s budget proposal radically cuts Medicaid funding to Alton Memorial Hospital and hospitals across the state by nearly $800 million. That would result in the loss of more than 12,500 jobs and $1.7 billion in economic activity statewide.

“These Medicaid cuts jeopardize access to health care services and good paying, professional jobs for our community.”

“We are urging our state legislators to work with us and the Illinois Hospital Association to consider and enact workable and reasonable alternatives to these devastating Medicaid cuts,” said Dave Braasch, president of Alton Memorial Hospital.

Alton Memorial Hospital employs 900 people, with an annual economic impact on the local community of $76,568,986. Statewide, hospitals provide nearly 450,000 direct and indirect jobs, with an economic impact to the local and state economies of more than $83 billion a year.

“We are deeply concerned that the proposed Medicaid cuts would undermine the ongoing transformation of the state’s Medicaid program and health delivery system as well as jeopardize access to health care and the creation and retention of good paying, professional jobs,” said Braasch.

Alton Memorial Hospital is licensed for 206 beds and has serviced a five-county area in Southwestern Illinois since 1937. It is a member of BJC HealthCare, one of the nation’s largest non-profit health- care organizations.

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