Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services

Private Illinois nursing homes are fronting $300 million for residential care because the state is so far behind on determining whether they're eligible for Medicaid.

The director of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services is leaving her role for a job in the private sector.

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An audit issued today shows Illinois government could not properly account for more than seven billion dollars paid to private medical insurance companies.

It comes as Governor Bruce Rauner's administration is planning to expand the program.

Medicaid is Illinois' health care program for the elderly, poor and disabled. And the Rauner administration wants more of it run by private insurance.

But Democratic Rep. Fred Crespo, from Hoffman Estates, says these Managed Care Organizations, or MCOs, are squeezing patients.

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

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Illinois is allowing more hepatitis C patients on Medicaid to access drugs that can cure the potentially fatal disease.  The state relaxed a 2-year-old policy that had limited drug coverage to just the sickest patients, or those with stage 4 liver scarring.  Now, Medicaid will cover drug costs for those with stage 3 scarring. 

Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez has asked a federal court to force the state of Illinois to pay $18 million the county says it's owed for a child-support enforcement program.

Hospitals across Illinois will receive $400 million in federal funding under the Affordable Care Act. 

Democratic Senator apologizes for Hitler remarks

May 22, 2013

A Democratic state senator who compared Governor Pat Quinn to Hitler is apologizing for his remarks. Senator Donne Trotter, who's from Chicago, made the comment to Illinois Public Radio on Monday. He was expressing his frustration with Quinn's support for the director of the Department of Healthcare and Family Services, Julie Hamos. Trotter, along with other members of the black and Latino caucuses, is calling for Hamos' ouster.

Senators calling for removal of DHFS Director

May 21, 2013

Two groups of lawmakers in the Illinois Senate are urging Governor Pat Quinn to replace the director of the Department of Healthcare and Family Services. Members of the African-American and Latino caucuses say Director Julie Hamos’ priority lies with cutting the budget  instead of offering medical services for the disadvantaged.