Illinois Medicaid

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U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth said the Republican effort to repeal and replace the federal Affordable Care Act could devastate drug treatment clinics by making deep cuts to Medicaid, the government-run insurance program for low-income Americans.

Attorneys for Medicaid service providers in Illinois are asking for about $1.1 billion dollars in each of the next four months.

Despite the lack of a budget, a federal judge has ordered Illinois to move faster in reimbursing doctors and hospitals who treat Medicaid patients. Some doctors have been waiting six months for payments because the state is so far behind in paying its bills -- and they’re threatening to stop seeing low-income patients.

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A new report says that repealing the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, would have a disproportionately negative effect in rural Illinois.

The paper, released by the Georgetown University Center For Children and Families,  says a greater percentage of people in rural areas relies on Medicaid than their urban counterparts.

  Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is urging Democrats to return to Springfield and pass a budget following a federal court ruling requiring the state to pay more toward Medicaid.


A federal judge ruled Wednesday in favor of some Medicaid service providers who say the state's gotten so late with its healthcare reimbursements that doctors may stop treating those low-income patients. She ordered the state to negotiate with lawyers for Medicaid service providers to try to find a way to speed up payments.


A federal judge has ordered the State of Illinois to speed up required payments to Medicaid providers during its budget impasse.

In her ruling yesterday, Judge Joan Lefkow says their request to pay Medicaid faster is reasonable, but she stopped short of saying how the state should find the money. Instead, she ordered the state and attorneys for Medicaid providers to figure something out themselves in the next two weeks. If they fail to reach a solution, the two parties will be due back in court.