Illinois Medicaid

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a Medicaid funding plan that changes the way hospitals are reimbursed for treating low-income patients.

The Republican said Monday in Chicago that the proposal is a "major step forward" to ensure that hospitals in impoverished communities are adequately funded.

"Blake Wilbur Building - Stanford Hospital & Clinics" by Flickr User Jennifer Morrow / (CC X 2.0)

The Illinois House has approved a revised plan to access federal Medicaid money for hospitals.

The plan OK'd Wednesday would provide $3.5 billion in state and federal money for about 200 hospitals. It answers federal requirements that more Medicaid patients be covered by managed-care programs.

The House voted 107-7 for the plan. Hospitals pay an assessment upfront that's matched by federal funds.

Illinois Medicaid officials say they're reviewing new federal guidelines that would let states require "able-bodied" Medicaid recipients to work.

The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services said Thursday that the "policy notice and its implications are under review." The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services made the announcement Thursday. The agency's head, Seema Verma, said work and community involvement can make a positive difference in people's lives and in their health.

The state of Illinois has cut in half the number of insurers in its Medicaid managed care program.

The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services announced Friday it has selected six insurers to participate in the overhauled program, down from the 12 currently participating. The insurers administer Medicaid benefits under the managed care program.

The insurers remaining in the program for the next four years are Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, Harmony Health Plan, IlliniCare Health, Meridian Health, Molina Healthcare and CountyCare Health Plan.

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After 18 years serving the Metro East region of Illinois, pediatrician Kristin Stahl is crafting an exit strategy and may eventually close her practice.  Two years of unpaid bills during the state’s budget impasse have driven her into debt and to the end of her patience.  

“The state has historically been so terrible in its payments that it’s very difficult to keep in business,” Stahl said.

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