Medicaid

Government
5:41 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

State: 685,000 people sign up under health law in IL

It's been a year since the Affordable Care Act launched in Illinois. The state says 685,000 people have taken advantage of the law --- more than expected.

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Government
4:57 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Some question efficiency of Illinois’ Medicaid overhaul

The state of Illinois has been undertaking a massive change to its system of health care for the poor, elderly and disabled. IT's meant to streamline the struggling system and save money. But some say the state is moving too slowly.

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Government
3:20 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Illinois sees surge of Medicaid patients

Illinois officials are dealing with a surge of new patients in the Medicaid program. Its part of last month's rush of people seeking coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

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Government
4:17 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

State lawmakers: new union deal could hurt Medicaid cost savings

This year, Illinois began a program to cull the state's Medicaid rolls.  So far, it has resulted in two out of every five recipients being dropped. But some lawmakers say a new agreement with a labor union jeopardizes further cost savings. 

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State News
6:42 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Little accomplished in first week of veto session

Illinois legislators were supposed to meet this week for three days as part of the fall veto session. Instead they left Springfield after only two. Little was accomplished during that time. 

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State News
6:08 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Governor enacts new law expanding Medicaid

Even as Congress looks to further roll back President Barack Obama's signature health care program, his home state is officially implementing a key part of it. IPR’S Amanda Vinicky has more on a new Illinois law expanding Medicaid.

For the first time, low-income adults without children will be eligible for Medicaid. Specifically, adults within 138-percent of the poverty level, so someone making just under $16,000.

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State News
1:34 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Il Senate approves Medicaid measure

A measure that would implement a key part of “Obamacare” in Illinois is on its way to the governor’s desk, after it was approved by the Senate Tuesday.

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State News
7:58 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Il House approves Medicaid expansion

Low-income adults who do not have children would for the first time be eligible for state-backed health care coverage under a measure approved Monday in the Illinois House. The Medicaid expansion is a signature plank of the federal Affordable Care Act.

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State News
7:46 am
Mon May 27, 2013

Lawmakers have a lot of work to do before legislative session wraps up

There are five days left in the Illinois General Assembly's spring session.  And as IPR'S Amanda Vinicky reports legislators have a lot of work ahead of them.

Typically, fighting over the budget carries into the waning hours of a legislative session. But Democrats, who have enough seats to pass a spending plan without any Republican votes, say they've already reached a deal.

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State News
6:47 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Lawmakers consider expanding Medicaid

The Illinois House is advancing a measure that would significantly expand Illinois' health care for the poor. Under this legislation, Medicaid would for the first time cover adults who do not have children.Representative Sara Feigenholtz, a Democrat from Chicago, says in a way, we're already paying for these people's health care.

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