Illinois Lawmaker Raises Concerns About The Future Of Medicaid During Budget Impasse

Tony Arnold The lawmaker who heads up the Illinois House committee that budgets money for Medicaid said he’s concerned that some major health care providers are already scaling back coverage for poor people due to the ongoing budget impasse. As first reported by WBEZ, more than two dozen doctors, health care providers and insurance companies […]

Health insurance to help you, not break you

Sun-Times Editorial Board   When picking a new health insurance plan for your family, figuring out which doctors and hospitals are in a company’s network shouldn’t be guesswork. Companies should keep their web sites up to date. That’s not asking too much. If you’re being treated for an illness such as cancer, or you’re in […]

State Rep. Greg Harris Response to Rauner, Washington Politicians’ Reckless Plans to Slash Health Coverage

State Rep. Greg Harris – Response to Gov. Rauner’s Plan to Privatize Medicaid

Home Care Funding Discussion

New legislation may bring back last year’s battle between Democratic legislators and Gov. Bruce Rauner over requirements to receive state-funded home care assistance. Rauner had proposed raising what’s called the Determination of Need, or DON score, in his first budget address. The score decides how much state aid a person with disabilities or a senior […]

Terminally ill patients could get access to experimental drugs

Terminally ill Illinoisans should soon be able to try experimental drugs not yet approved by federal regulators after Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the proposal into law Wednesday. The law from state Sen. Michael Connelly, a Lisle Republican, is known as “right to try” legislation because it allows patients with certain diseases who have exhausted treatment […]

‘Right to try’ bill for terminally ill on Rauner’s desk

A law to give terminally ill patients access to medicines that have passed Phase 1 of the FDA approval process but are not yet on pharmacy shelves has passed the state House and Senate with bipartisan, near unanimous support. Gov. Bruce Rauner has 60 days to sign or veto the bill once it reaches his […]

‘Right to Try’ measure passes Illinois House

SPRINGFIELD, IL (AP) – The Illinois House has approved a measure that would grant greater access to experimental drugs for terminally-ill patients. Rep. Greg Harris is the chief sponsor of the legislation. The Chicago Democrat and other backers of establishing a “Right to Try” Act in Illinois say it gives those who have exhausted conventional […]

Smaller hospitals say state Medicaid cuts could force them to close

Posted: 04/13/2015, 08:16pm | Diana Novak A group of Chicago-area hospitals facing dramatic cuts in state funding under Gov. Bruce Rauner’s first budget emphasized the dire situation of community health care in a meeting Monday with legislators at Norwegian American Hospital. Rauner’s plan to cut more than $1.5 billion from Medicaid — with over $800 […]

‘Right to Try’ measure raises issues of ethics, freedom

SPRINGFIELD – Some doctors worry that an effort to grant terminally ill people more access to unproven drugs might offer them false hope or even be harmful, but advocates for a “right to try” said patients should have more opportunities for treatments that could extend their lives. Legislation with bipartisan support that was approved by […]