Did Illinois push so hard to enroll children in KidCare that it broke the Medicaid budget?
Medicaid expenditures ran $60 million over budget last fiscal year, and were headed for nearly triple that amount this fiscal year if the Illinois Department of Public Aid hadn't applied the brakes.
Gov. George Ryan and outgoing public aid Director Ann Patia worked out a package of cuts that hit pharmacies and hospitals that treat Medicaid patients.
Did KidCare cause the shortfall?
No, it didn't, Patia says emphatically.