EDITORIAL: It’s up to Illinois lawmakers to protect Obamacare from Trump

Sun-Times Editorial Board The Trump administration is trying to give millions of Americans yet another terrible deal on health care. Illinois lawmakers can — and should — pass legislation to prevent the president from bringing watered-down health care coverage to this state. A plan proposed earlier this month by the U.S. Department of Labor would expand the […]

Hospitals worry about closures, layoffs as they brace for Medicaid funding changes

Alexia Elejalde-RuizContact ReporterChicago Tribune It wasn’t long ago that Charles Holland was giving opening-day tours of the gleaming outpatient center at St. Bernard Hospital in the Englewood neighborhood, built to bring a bevy of health care services — and optimism — to a community in need of both. A year and a half later, the […]

Another Illinois Medicaid shakeup threatens hospitals

By Kristen Schorsch Crains Chicago For years nearly every Illinois hospital has paid into a pot of money that helps the state bring in more federal dollars. But the program, effectively a tax on hospitals, is dated and doesn’t reflect how much the health care industry has changed. Now, state lawmakers, the Rauner administration and […]

Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of senior care program jeopardizes services: advocates

Rachel Hinton email Being a home care worker is more than just a job for Tanya Moses. Over the seven years she’s worked with the Community Care Program, she’s found family and companionship in the two older ladies she helps after her own mother died. When she learned Gov. Bruce Rauner had vetoed House Bill […]

Massive, maligned Medicaid managed care expansion to start

John O’Connor | AP Political Writer SPRINGFIELD — A vast remaking of subsidized Medicaid health care in Illinois, nearly a year in the making and criticized all the way, is set to debut Monday. Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration will add 800,000 low-income and disabled residents to a managed care program aimed at improving efficiency, keeping people […]

Three pro-LGBTQ equality laws to take effect in the new year

Windy city times CHICAGO—Three pro-LGBTQ equality laws that were legislative priorities for Equality Illinois go into effect with the new year. As of Jan. 1, 2018, laws that ban the anti-LGBTQ panic defense, modernize birth certificate changes, and encourage LGBTQ public leadership opportunities will help build a better Illinois. “Across the country, we have seen […]

Lawmakers fear low Medicaid-provider rates could doom plan

  ASSOCIATED PRESS   SPRINGFIELD — Lawmakers question whether reimbursement rates in an expanded managed care health plan will be sufficient to keep insurers providing service. Gov. Bruce Rauner’s Department of Healthcare and Family Services is spending $60 billion to expand managed care for Medicaid clients. Officials say it will save $1 billion because of […]

State officer voids $13 million no-bid Medicaid consulting contract

By Doug Finke State Capitol Bureau A no-bid consulting contract worth nearly $13 million has been voided by the state’s chief procurement officer. Chief Procurement Officer Ellen Daley said the contract with McKinsey & Company should have been put out to bid rather than simply awarded by the Department of Healthcare and Family Services. State […]

Illinois Procurement Chief Cancels Rauner Consulting Pact

An Illinois official has canceled a $12 million contract she says should have been offered to the highest bidder by Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration. Dec. 5, 2017, at 8:09 p.m. By JOHN O’CONNOR, AP Political Writer SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois purchasing monitor canceled a $12.5 million contract Tuesday that Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration […]

Illinois Democrats want answers on Medicaid contracts

By Doug Finke GateHouse Media Illinois Posted Nov 29, 2017 at 7:04 PM Updated Nov 29, 2017 at 7:54 PM SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Democrats want answers from Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration about why the four-year cost of managed care contracts for the Medicaid program jumped by more than $20 billion from earlier estimates. However, the Department of Healthcare and Family Services defended the contracts, saying […]