Illinois Health and Hospital Association

An Illinois House committee has delayed voting on plans to change how hospitals receive Medicaid dollars as two Chicago hospitals say a revised formula could force them to close. 

  CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois lawmakers and the state's hospitals have reached a tentative agreement on a new method of spreading billions of dollars in federal Medicaid money to hospitals across the state.


But some of Illinois' 22 so-called "safety net" hospitals that serve a high volume of Medicaid patients could lose money under the new program. That's prompting concerns hospitals may have to cut services, lay off staff or even close.


Travis Stansel / Illinois Public Radio


The Illinois Supreme Court has agreed to review a case regarding the constitutionality of hospital tax exemptions.  The court announced Wednesday it will hear arguments in a case involving Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. The case could affect all Illinois hospitals. No date was set for when the court will hear arguments.

The 4th District Appellate Court ruled in January that a 2012 state law allowing hospitals to avoid taxes is unconstitutional.  That law set guidelines for determining the non-profit status of hospitals based on their level of charity care.

  CHICAGO (AP) - Two Illinois hospital organizations with plans to merge have decided on a name, a chief executive and long-term goals. The Illinois Hospital Association and the Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council announced Monday that their merger begins in January. The entity's formal name will be Illinois Health and Hospital Association. It will be known by the brand name IHA. Illinois Hospital Association CEO Maryjane Wurth will lead IHA.