Durbin Legislation

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Legislation pushed by Illinois Senator Dick Durbin could save Illinois hospitals from losing millions of dollars.

His proposal is expected to be a part of a supplemental spending bill scheduled for Senate debate Monday. A Senate vote may occur several days later.

Proponents say it'll save Illinois hospitals from losing at least 623 million dollars in state and federal Medicaid dollars over two years.

Durbin's provision was inserted yesterday by the Senate's Appropriations Committee.

Without Durbin's amendment, the cut in Illinois' share of Medicaid money would begin to affect the state and its Medicaid participants as early as September.

His proposal would be paid for by raising more money for the government by changing a Medicaid program requiring brand-name drug makers to give a rebate to the government.

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