Illinois Medicaid

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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner said he doesn't support a repeal of Obamacare without a replacement.

It’s a rare comment from a governor who has stayed away from saying anything in public about national politics. But, as Republicans in Congress debate the issue with President-Elect Donald Trump, Rauner says he doesn’t support a simple repeal.

“I don’t think it works very well to just take it away and have nothing to replace it with," he said. "I don’t think that works.”

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The state of Illinois is seeking permission from the federal government to use Medicaid funding to pay for mental health and substance abuse services that usually aren't covered under the health insurance program for those living in poverty.

The Southern Illinoisan reports that Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration is seeking a five-year waiver from certain Medicaid rules as part of its proposed "health and human services transformation."

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A federal judge is ordering Illinois to provide in-home nursing care to more than 1,200 children with disabilities and severe medical conditions after a lawsuit alleging the state has failed to fulfill its Medicaid obligations.

The ruling from U.S. District Judge Charles Kocoras in Chicago does not resolve the lawsuit, which could play out over several months or longer.

But his preliminary injunction requires the state to act now because the “plaintiffs have demonstrated a likelihood of success.''

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Nearly 349,000 Illinois residents have signed up for health insurance or were automatically renewed for coverage though the federal marketplace HealthCare.gov.

Eighty percent of the enrollees live in the Chicago area. Enrollment figures released this week by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reflect those who picked plans or were automatically renewed from Nov. 1 through Jan. 9.

Today is an enrollment deadline for coverage starting Feb. 1. Open enrollment ends Jan. 31. The enrollment period applies only to people buying private health insurance.

Medicare.gov

Health officials say more than 500,000 Medicare patients in Illinois will have their health care needs coordinated by federally designated "accountable care organizations'' this year.

Springfield-based Hospital Sisters Health System is one of several new such networks serving Illinois patients.

Spokesman Brian Reardon says more than 21,000 patients will be part of the Hospital Sisters Health System accountable care organization, or ACO.

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