Medicaid http://peoriapublicradio.org en State lawmakers: new union deal could hurt Medicaid cost savings http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/state-lawmakers-new-union-deal-could-hurt-medicaid-cost-savings <p></p><div>This year, Illinois began a program to cull the state's Medicaid rolls. &nbsp;So far, it has resulted in two out of every five recipients being dropped. But some lawmakers say a new agreement with a labor union jeopardizes further cost savings.&nbsp;</div><p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 22:17:56 +0000 Brian Mackey 16476 at http://peoriapublicradio.org State lawmakers: new union deal could hurt Medicaid cost savings Little accomplished in first week of veto session http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/little-accomplished-first-week-veto-session <div>Illinois legislators were supposed to meet this week for three days as part of the fall veto session. Instead they left Springfield after only two.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Little was accomplished during that time.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 11:42:09 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 13878 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Little accomplished in first week of veto session Governor enacts new law expanding Medicaid http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/governor-enacts-new-law-expanding-medicaid <div>Even as Congress looks to further roll back President Barack Obama's signature health care program, his home state is officially implementing a key part of it.&nbsp;IPR’S<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Amanda </span>Vinicky<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has more on a new Illinois law expanding Medicaid.</span></div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For the first time, low-income adults without children will be eligible for Medicaid.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Specifically, adults within 138-percent of the poverty level, so someone making just under $16,000.</span></p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 11:08:48 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 9282 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Governor enacts new law expanding Medicaid Il Senate approves Medicaid measure http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/il-senate-approves-medicaid-measure <p></p><div>A measure that would implement a key part of “Obamacare” in Illinois is on its way to the governor’s desk, after it was approved by the Senate Tuesday.</div><p> Wed, 29 May 2013 06:34:35 +0000 Alex Rusciano 6382 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Il Senate approves Medicaid measure Il House approves Medicaid expansion http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/il-house-approves-medicaid-expansion <p></p><div>Low-income adults who do not have children would for the first time be eligible for state-backed health care coverage under a measure approved Monday in the Illinois House. The Medicaid expansion is a signature plank of the federal Affordable Care Act.</div><div> Tue, 28 May 2013 12:58:41 +0000 Denise Molina & Amanda Vinicky 6326 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Il House approves Medicaid expansion Lawmakers have a lot of work to do before legislative session wraps up http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/lawmakers-have-lot-work-do-legislative-session-wraps <p></p><div><div>There are five days left in the Illinois General Assembly's spring session. &nbsp;And as IPR'S Amanda Vinicky reports legislators have a lot of work ahead of them.</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Typically, fighting over the budget carries into the waning hours of a legislative session.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But Democrats, who have enough seats to pass a spending plan without any Republican votes, say they've already reached a deal.</span></div><div> Mon, 27 May 2013 12:46:54 +0000 Denise Molina & Amanda Vinicky 6279 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Lawmakers have a lot of work to do before legislative session wraps up Lawmakers consider expanding Medicaid http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/lawmakers-consider-expanding-medicaid <p></p><div>The Illinois House is advancing a measure that would significantly expand Illinois' health care for the poor.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Under this legislation, Medicaid would for the first time cover adults who do not have children.</span></div><div>Representative Sara Feigenholtz, a Democrat from Chicago, says in a way, we're already paying for these people's health care.</div><div> Wed, 22 May 2013 11:47:30 +0000 Denise Molina & Brian Mackey 6001 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Lawmakers consider expanding Medicaid As reviews continue, number covered by medicaid declines http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/reviews-continue-number-covered-medicaid-declines <p></p><div>Early results of a study of Illinois' Medicaid rolls show many recipients don't actually qualify. As part of a broad overhaul of Medicaid, the state's health care program for the poor, Illinois hired a company, Maximus, to verify recipients' eligibility.&nbsp;</div><div></div><div> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 11:05:25 +0000 2724 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Savings from medicaid cuts fall short http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/savings-medicaid-cuts-fall-short <div class="content"><p>Illinois officials say savings from cuts to Medicaid have fallen short by $464-million dollars. That's about 30 percent of the expected 1.6-billion dollars in cuts to the health program for the poor.</p><p>Julie Hamos, director of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, gave a status report on the cost-cutting measures to a legislative committee Thursday in Springfield.</p> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 22:42:44 +0000 Deborah Oldenkamp 1352 at http://peoriapublicradio.org