Department of Healthcare and Family Services

Eight social-service agencies have written Illinois lawmakers urging checks and restrictions on moving hundreds of thousands of Medicaid patients to managed care health care.  

The letter to key legislators this week questions the ability of HealthChoice Illinois to provide sufficient physicians and other health care providers, the low reimbursement rates for medical equipment providers, the inclusion of very ill "medically fragile" children and more.

The issues arise from the state's move of 800,000 Medicaid clients to managed care to cut costs.

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State legislators are raising questions about changes to healthcare for some of Illinois’ neediest people. But at a hearing Mon., state officials had no answers.

Lawmakers question whether reimbursement rates in an expanded managed care health plan will be sufficient to keep insurers providing service.

Gov. Bruce Rauner's health care chief says a $63 billion Medicaid managed care program will save up to $300 million a year because of the competitive process providers had to undergo. 

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois' Medicaid patients will see a change in health care coverage Jan. 1. 

Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration is seeking to offer more Medicaid services through managed-care programs. The plan involves choosing a vendor that'll provide managed-care services to 80% of Medicaid clients.  That's up from 65% now.