Medicaid

Medicaid Bill Backlog Pushing Illinois Doctors To The Brink Of Closure

Aug 10, 2017

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.        


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

Illinois Governor 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.

Wednesday, a judge ruled in favor of some low income Medicaid patients-who say the state's gotten so late with its healthcare reimbursements that doctors may stop treating them.

A federal judge in Chicago Wednesday delayed a ruling on whether the state of Illinois should speed up hundreds of millions of dollars in Medicaid payments during the budget impasse.

 

Two years ago - Judge Joan Lefkow mandated the state to pay for Medicaid during the budget impasse.

The Illinois Comptroller says increased revenues coming into the state during tax season have allowed her to release more than $800 million in payments for health care services.

March
Chicago Tribune

The Democratic-controlled Illinois House has approved public funding for all abortions.        

The House voted 62-55 Tuesday to allow state-employee health insurance or Medicaid to cover abortions. Medicaid currently covers abortions in limited cases.        

The new Republican health care legislation in Congress could cost Illinois $40 billion dollars in federal funding over the next decade. That’s according to the recent report by the Congressional Budget Office.

Illinois has applied to the federal government for a waiver that could bring Illinois not only a significant increase in Medicaid dollars, but also more flexibility for how those dollars are spent. We talked to two members of Gov. Bruce Rauner's cabinet -- Human Services Secretary James Dimas and George Sheldon, acting secretary of the Department of Children and Family Services -- about what this waiver would mean for the state.

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State of Illinois

The state of Illinois is officially filing for a waiver from the federal government to help provide better mental health services to Medicaid recipients.

The waiver would give the state access to two point seven billion dollars in federal Medicaid funds to restructure how the program handles mentally ill patients. Governor Bruce Rauner says the idea is to create a system that focuses on early intervention and prevention.

A federal judge has ordered the State of Illinois to fund Medicaid services for seniors living at home rather than at a nursing facility during the budget impasse.

A federal judge says payments to Cook County Medicaid providers must continue even without a state budget.

One local health provider says a stall in the state budget is concerning, but potential cuts to Medicaid in a long-term spending plan are more worrisome.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says Illinois should restore its five-percent income tax, in order to avoid having to cut Medicaid.

The state of Illinois has been undertaking a massive change to its system of health care for the poor, elderly and disabled. It's meant to streamline the struggling system and save money. But some say the state is moving too slowly.

Governor Pat Quinn is promising tighter controls after a review found that the Illinois Medicaid program paid an estimated $12 million for medical services for people who were dead.

 Audio FileIllinois will appeal a ruling that that says state workers - rather than an outside firm - must scrub Medicaid rolls. A top state official made the announcement Tuesday at a hearing in Chicago. Amanda Vinicky reports.Edit | Remove

Illinois' attempts to remove ineligible people from the state's Medicaid rolls are on hold, as Illinois and its largest public employees' union fight over who should actually do the scrubbing. 

A state-run mental health facility in southern Illinois could lose federal funding after regulators said workers failed to keep two patients from harming themselves.

Illinois lawmakers have approved a historic expansion of Medicaid to cover low-income adults without children.

WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller talks with Southern Illinois Healthcare CEO Rex Budde about the impending cuts to Illinois' Medicaid program, and what he expects in the way of changes to services.

WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller reports the morning's news and weather.

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The Illinois General Assembly passed legislation Thursday that makes severe cuts in Medicaid, the health care program for the poor. Though the measures had broad support from both Republicans and Democrats, several lawmakers spoke out against the reductions.

WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller reports the morning's local news and weather.

WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller interviews Southern Illinois Healthcare Vice-President Woody Thorne and Memorial Hospital of Carbondale Emergency Medical Services Director Dr. Joseph Haake about the potential $2.7 billion cuts to next year's Medicaid budget. They've developed a website to illustrate their concerns at www.applypressure.org.