Medicaid http://peoriapublicradio.org en Some question efficiency of Illinois’ Medicaid overhaul http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/some-question-efficiency-illinois-medicaid-overhaul <div>The state of Illinois has been undertaking a massive change to its system of health care for the poor, elderly and disabled. IT's meant to streamline the struggling system and save money. But some say the state is moving too slowly.</div><p> Thu, 08 May 2014 21:57:02 +0000 Brian Mackey 23025 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Some question efficiency of Illinois’ Medicaid overhaul Illinois sees surge of Medicaid patients http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/illinois-sees-surge-medicaid-patients <div>Illinois officials are dealing with a surge of new patients in the Medicaid program. Its part of last month's rush of people seeking coverage under the Affordable Care Act.</div><p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 20:20:00 +0000 Brian Mackey 22556 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Illinois sees surge of Medicaid patients 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