Chicago (Reporter) Muckrakers: Infographic of Medicaid on the cutting board

By Yana Kunichoff

Medicaid, by definition, serves the families and individuals with incomes so low that without it they would not be able to get the health care coverage that they need.

But a budgetary crisis and a backlog of unpaid bills to providers have raised the threat that services may be cut off if the state cannot pay. Last Thursday, Gov. Pat Quinn put forward a plan to patch the holes.

The infographic below highlights the human costs of the debate over the proposed Medicaid cuts: