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 […]

Medicaid overhaul deal worth a record $5.26B

Documents reveal consulting firm’s role By: Mark Maxwell  Posted: Nov 17, 2017 12:08 AM CST Updated: Nov 17, 2017 09:37 AM CST ILLINOIS (WCIA) — Mere days after the state paid down roughly forty percent of its backlog of overdue bills, the Rauner administration finalized the largest vendor contract in state history. The six-year, $5.26 billion deal is split between seven healthcare […]

Illinois Moving To Kill Credit Freeze Fees

llinois lawmakers are working to end the $10 fee for freezing consumer credit data. It comes months after Equifax, Inc. exposed the sensitive personal information of tens of millions of Americans.  The cost to freeze credit is $10. Add another $10 to unfreeze it, like if you want to apply for a car loan. And […]