Posts tagged "Medicaid"

State workers hope for quick end to Virginia contractor’s work on Medicaid redeterminations

State workers hope for quick end to Virginia contractor’s work on Medicaid redeterminations
As part of an omnibus Medicaid reform bill that passed the Illinois General Assembly last summer, legislators signed off on a two-year, $76.8 million contract to privatize Medicaid redeterminations. The state sought to hire a company experienced in working with welfare systems nationwide that could quickly review the rolls and remove recipients who are ineligible... Read more »

Passage of Medicaid expansion bill would help close yawning health care gap for low-income adults

Passage of Medicaid expansion bill would help close yawning health care gap for low-income adults
Each month, Fernando Flores and his family play a game of risky financial calculation. Flores, 20, should have aged out of Medicaid at 19, but his doctors have continued to accept his Medicaid card and provide him the pain medication and quarterly visits he needs to manage his illness. At any moment the clerical error... Read more »

Bill would give businesses that hire ex-offenders bigger tax credits and more

Bill would give businesses that hire ex-offenders bigger tax credits and more
It’s known as “the box”–the little square that job applicants are expected to check on an employment application if they have a criminal record. Cities and states around the country have passed laws to mitigate the effects of “the box” for ex-offenders. Now, Springfield is approaching the issue from a different direction–giving businesses an incentive... Read more »
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What you need to know from Gov. Quinn’s budget address

What you need to know from Gov. Quinn’s budget address
In his budget address Wednesday, Gov. Pat Quinn went over his top budget priorities for fiscal year 2014. He placed the speech’s main focus on the state of underfunded pensions. In case you missed the speech, we’ve pulled out some of the key statements. Public sector pensions Quinn stressed that some public employees would no... Read more »

Some in Illinois worry budget deal to avoid fiscal cliff could create crisis for them

Hundreds of Occupy demonstrators gathered in Federal Plaza on Dec. 6, 2012 to demand that Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin fight any cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. The protesters created a cardboard shantytown encampment, which symbolized “where austerity is taking us,” organizers said. Photo by Jonathan Gibby.
Meet Sara Moore. She’s 78 years old, lives in Lakeview and struggles with chronic pain after fighting two bouts of cancer and dental surgery. Moore depends on Medicaid, Medicare and her Social Security check to make ends meet. The Medicare pays for her home caretaker who does her shopping, gives her a shower, cleans her... Read more »

Poll: Americans say raise taxes on the rich rather than cut programs for the poor

Poll: Americans say raise taxes on the rich rather than cut programs for the poor
Take from the rich to feed the poor? That’s what looks good to most Americans when it comes to negotiations over the so-called fiscal cliff. A recent Pew Research Center poll showed that a whopping 69 percent of people approve of President Barack Obama’s proposal to raise taxes on Americans making over $250,000 a year.... Read more »
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Illinois may have more poor folks than we think

Illinois may have more poor folks than we think
How many poor people are there in Illinois? It depends on how you count. Illinois is one of 14 states where a new way of measuring poverty reveals that more of our residents are poor. The Census Bureau recently put out a report (pdf) on the Supplemental Poverty Measure, a new way of calculating the... Read more »

What's Up This Week: Our latest investigation on crime; immigrants and domestic violence; and Kelly's departure

What's Up This Week: Our latest investigation on crime; immigrants and domestic violence; and Kelly's departure
Slammed. Crime is down, but a growing number of teenagers in Chicago are being tried on adult felony charges. In 2011, 15 percent more 17-year-olds were convicted in adult courts in Cook County than in 2007. Look out for our latest investigation in the November/December issue. Undocumented Life. Undocumented women who suffer abuse can face a difficult choice –... Read more »

Medicaid contract raises questions of privatization, access to health care

Medicaid contract raises questions of privatization, access to health care
In the fine print of the Medicaid reform bill passed this summer was a plan for the cash-strapped state to save $350 million by contracting with a private company to investigate fraud. Since the contract with Maximus Health Services was signed, both advocates and state workers have raised concerns. Chief among them is the price... Read more »
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100,000 poor folks to get coverage under new health law... but when?

100,000 poor folks to get coverage under new health law... but when?
What happens if you’re poor, don’t have health insurance and don’t qualify for Medicaid? In Chicago, it means you often end up using Cook County’s health system. And the county ends up paying–a whole lot. The Cook County Health and Hospital system is notorious for operating at a deficit. Last year’s was $170 million. But... Read more »