CHICAGO (AP) — A bipartisan group tasked with cutting Illinois' Medicaid budget by $2.7 billion failed to come up with a plan by a deadline this week and now Gov. Pat Quinn intends to move ahead with his own proposal, committee members said Wednesday.

The committee mulled over a list of 56 potential ideas that add up to only about $1.4 billion in cuts to the health insurance program that serves nearly three million poor and disabled Illinois residents. Those ideas include eliminating Illinois Cares Rx, which helps nearly 200,000 seniors get prescription drugs, limiting prescription drugs and cutting tangible benefits like visits to chiropractors.

But committee members told The Associated Press shortly after meeting Wednesday that they disagreed on bigger points such as a potential $1-a-pack cigarette tax increase and rate cuts to health care providers. The Quinn administration floated those ideas to the committee earlier this month and they likely will be included in the Medicaid proposal Quinn is expected to deliver Thursday.

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