Democrats Side With Fraud Instead of Savings?‏

From the Illinois House Republicans…

Democrats in the House Human Services Committee last week voted down House Republicans’ House Resolution 593 asking the federal government to give Illinois the flexibility it needs to implement cost-saving Medicaid reforms.

Ironically, the reforms were passed with bi-partisan support (Public Act 96-1501) in January to reduce anticipated Medicaid claims by hundreds of millions of dollars and to provide improved coordination of care by enrollees. Included in these reforms were common sense provisions to require applicants to submit one month of income data and proof of Illinois residency.

Unfortunately, the U.S. Centers for Medicaid and Medicaid Services has acted to deny implementation of these reforms, leading to increased costs for the Illinois Medicaid program and endangering care for those verifiably eligible for services.

On Thursday, House Republican members attempted to have the resolution brought to the floor for debate, but were denied by Democrats.

Click HERE to listen to what Republican members had to say.

Payment delays will grow significantly during Fiscal Year 2012, with an estimated $2.4 billion in medical bills being delayed by the end of the fiscal year. Without additional reforms or funding, this payment backlog will grow to $5.4 billion by the end of Fiscal Year 2013.

It’s unfortunate that our Democratic colleagues who supported these reforms in January are now quietly trying to kill the implementation of them.

If you agree that Illinois needs to rein-in skyrocketing Medicaid costs by implementing commonsense reforms, click here to sign our petition.


IL House Republican Leader Tom Cross

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