SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois Comptroller says increased revenues coming into the state during tax season have allowed her to release more than $800 million in payments for health care services. 

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The Democratic-controlled Illinois House has approved public funding for all abortions.  The House voted 62-55 to allow state-employee health insurance or Medicaid to cover abortions. Medicaid currently covers abortions in limited cases.  The vote capped a two-hour debate and coincided with the Illinois Women March on Springfield for a progressive agenda.

An abortion-rights group says Gov. Bruce Rauner broke a campaign promise when he pledged last week to veto legislation to expand coverage for abortion and ensure the procedure remains legal in Illinois.
Personal PAC on Wednesday made public a questionnaire the Republican completed as a candidate for governor in 2014.
In it, Rauner said that if elected he would sign legislation to ensure access to abortion if federal law allowing it is overturned. Rauner also said Illinois should cover abortions for state employees and Medicaid recipients.

A central Illinois center for addiction treatment will stay open for now, despite payment delays during the state’s ongoing budget crisis. After two years without a permanent budget, the state is facing a backlog of $12.6 billion in unpaid bills to state employees, contractors and agencies.

The new Republican health care legislation in Congress could cost Illinois $40 billion dollars in federal funding over the next decade. That’s according to the recent report by the Congressional Budget Office.

Illinois’ health care exchange has not been the success Obamacare proponents were hoping for. Insurance companies have struggled to find customers.

But hospitals say the expansion of Medicaid has been huge for Illinois. It’s given 600,000 people access to healthcare, so far paid in full by the federal government.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois state lawmakers are planning to assess how Medicaid cuts proposed by President Donald Trump's administration could impact vulnerable residents.

Healthcare leaders are voicing concerns about the Republican repeal plan to the Affordable Care Act.

Democrat Dick Durbin is traveling the state to meet with those who would be affected by the House changes.

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. 


Yvonne Hardcastle was at her wit’s end. Her son, Alfredo Mejia, was 7 years old. He was angry all the time and had been diagnosed with behavior problems and ADHD, but that didn’t feel right. She didn’t know what was wrong, but her mother’s intuition kept pushing her to find help for her boy.



Donald Trump’s presidency has Illinois lawmakers weighing an issue not usually given as much attention in the General Assembly: abortion.

Illinois could have its first-ever micro-hospital if plans to build one in Crystal Lake are approved, according to state officials.

The corner of Three Oaks Road and Route 31 would be the location for the proposed 13-bed facility. A hearing by the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board is tentatively scheduled in June.

Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin had harsh words today in Springfield for Republican proposals in Congress to repeal Obamacare and give states more responsibility in running Medicaid.  President Donald Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan have both said they’re in favor of so-called block grants. 

Governor Bruce Rauner said he does not support a repeal of Obamacare without a replacement.

Rauner: Obamacare Replacement Needed

Jan 18, 2017

Governor Bruce Rauner said Wednesday he is opposed to a repeal of Obamacare  without a replacement. It’s a rare comment from the governor about national politics.

A Springfield man has appeared in court on allegations he cheated Medicaid by filing false claims through a company that supplies incontinence products.   51-year-old Kevin Schaul pleaded not guilty in Springfield federal court to five counts of health-care fraud. A conviction on just one count carries a maximum 10-year prison term. 

Eastern Iowa democrats are asking residents for support during the legislative session that begins Monday, with republicans in control.

Michelle O'Neill reports State Senator Rob Hogg, State Senator Rita Hart, and State Representative Phyllis Thede plan to "play defense" but also push their own goals.


Senate Democratic Leader Hogg, from Cedar Rapids, is concerned the GOP will try to pass a photo I.D. requirement to vote. But up to 7% of Iowa residents don't have drivers licenses.

Medicaid has long been the stepchild of government health care programs. Now it's finally coming into its own, even as the 2016 presidential election could change its fate.  Under President Barack Obama, the federal-state program for low-income people has expanded to cover more than 70 million individuals, and it has shed much of the social stigma from its earlier years as a welfare benefit.

Home Health Care Providers Fight Overtime Cap

Oct 12, 2016

Home care providers are pushing back against a proposed cap on overtime. The Illinois Department of Human Services set a limit of 40 hours a week for personal assistants caring the severely ill or developmentally disabled last year. The state later temporarily rescinded the cap.

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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. 

The state of Illinois is seeking permission from the federal government to use Medicaid funding to pay for mental health and substance abuse services.  Those programs usually aren't covered under the health insurance program for those living in poverty. 

Addiction treatment and support for long-term recovery are included in a new proposal to restructure Illinois' $18 billion Medicaid program.  Twelve Illinois state agencies and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's office will host two public hearings next week on the proposal. 

Many elderly and disabled people who live in nursing homes need a lot more help taking care of their teeth.

A federal judge is ordering Illinois to provide in-home nursing care to more than 1,200 children with disabilities and severe medical conditions after a lawsuit alleging the state has failed to fulfill its Medicaid obligations.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has created a task force charged with finding fraud in taxpayer-funded health care programs.

The Republican Tuesday used his executive authority to form the group. It'll seek ways to prevent waste in state- and federally funded Medicaid , the state employee's health insurance and even costs of caring for inmates in Illinois prisons. Rauner says the cost of state-run health care programs increases when no one watches to stop abuse and fraud.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has created a task force to root out waste, fraud and abuse in taxpayer-funded health care programs.  The Republican signed an executive order to implement that group, which will also seek ways to prevent waste in state- and federally funded Medicaid and employee health insurance programs. 

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 A federal judge has ruled a program providing in-home services to seniors is covered by Medicaid and should be funded even though there's no Illinois budget because of a political stalemate.

 Stephanie Altman is with the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law. She says U.S. District Judge Joan Lefkow issued the ruling in Chicago on Wednesday. 

Altman says the Community Care Program serves 89,000 seniors. It provides homemaking assistance which allows them to avoid costly nursing home care. 

Illinois lawmakers' attack on heroin abuse is law despite a partial veto by Gov. Bruce Rauner. 

The sponsor of legislation intended to curb heroin abuse says he'll try to override Governor Bruce Rauner's partial veto.

Attorneys for Illinois’ comptroller are expected to be in court today to respond to allegations they’re in contempt.  The office is being sued for not paying court-mandated services for developmentally disabled residents. 

Gov. Bruce Rauner has returned legislation to the General Assembly that attempts to curtail heroin overdoses, fearing a burdensome cost to the state.