HealthChoice Illinois

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.

Hundreds of thousands of low-income Illinois residents moved into managed care health plans on Jan. 1.