Gov. Quinn is proposing drastic cuts in human services in his state of Illinois. Both prevention and treatment services for drug and alcohol abuse are on the chopping block.
News comes today that all prevention services aimed at youth to prevent the use of alcohol and drugs could be eliminated. One Illinois newspaper quotes the Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association CEO, “we are looking at 32,000 youth that may not receive prevention services, which increases the risk that use will occur."
Grant opportunities will be available through 2015 as long as states meet certain benchmarks along the way, Joel Ario, the Department for Health and Human Services official in charge of implementing the health insurance exchange provisions of the Affordable Care Act, told attendees at a webinar powered by The Council of State Governments Knowledge Center.
Secretary Sebelius told Arizona’s Gov. Brewer that when the state’s Medicaid waiver expires in September 2011, the state could indeed drop Medicaid coverage for some 250,000 low income adults. The question had been whether the state would violate the “maintenance of effort” requirements of the Affordable Care Act prohibiting states from implementing restrictions in eligibility requirements in place the day the federal bill passed.
Joel Ario acknowledges states face unprecedented hard fiscal times. But Ario said grants are available to help states implement the federal Affordable Care Act Congress passed in 2009 to reform health care.
Joel Ario, DHHS Director of the Office of Health Insurance Exchanges, will be available to take questions from state officials during CSG webinars scheduled this month. By January 1, 2014, all states must be operating health insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act. The exchanges will serve as marketplaces for small businesses and individuals to purchase insurance. States will be required to integrate the exchanges with Medicaid eligibility and application procedures.