Why a Medicaid card ≠ care in Illinois

By Naomi Lopez Bauman
A recent report from the Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, or HHS, confirms that it will likely become harder to get access to care through Medicaid’s managed care program – a program that Illinois is using to provide care to an increasing number of Medicaid enrollees. With Medicaid enrollment...

TAGS: health care, Medicaid

Why Illinois’ Medicaid 1115 waiver is cause for concern

By Naomi Lopez Bauman
This week, the governor’s office is scheduled to submit “The Path to Transformation: Illinois 1115 Waiver Proposal” to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. If approved by the federal government, this proposal would overhaul the Illinois Medicaid program. The state would not only consolidate multiple health-care programs aimed at providing home and community-based...

TAGS: Medicaid, Pat Quinn

Illinois politicians considering changes to law under review by U.S. Supreme Court

By Paul Kersey
The Illinois General Assembly is poised to consider a bill that looks harmless at first glance, but should be raising eyebrows across the state. House Bill 5935 is supposed to make technical changes to the state’s Medicaid programs, but in the process it affects people who are involved in a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case....

TAGS: Harris v Quinn, labor, Medicaid, pam harris, Pat Quinn, U.S. Supreme Court

Moving the goal posts on Illinois’ Medicaid expansion

By Naomi Lopez Bauman
Some of the same Illinois lawmakers and Medicaid expansion advocates who promised better access to care, better health outcomes and lower emergency-room utilizations to justify expanding Medicaid eligibility in Illinois now want to backtrack on these promises. They are attempting to redirect attention away from their lofty promises and toward needing “more time” to achieve...

TAGS: ACA: Affordable Care Act, Medicaid