Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget plan to reduce funds for psychiatry, housing programs for the homeless and care coordinators for the mentally ill could send people to hospitals, nursing homes and jails where treatment costs are higher, providers say.
Delayed refunds, mistakes feared as an understaffed IRS confronts the complexities of the Affordable Care Act.
The AIDS Foundation of Chicago has warned Coventry, Humana and two other insurers that their pricing of AIDS drugs may violate the health care law’s protections against discrimination.
Some legislators and patient advocates say the targeted services, including dental and mental health services, not only help keep people healthy — they save the state money.
Medicaid managed care enrollees in Illinois are reporting difficulties seeing their doctors and getting prescriptions filled, which a state Medicaid official attributes to the speed and scope of the changes.
Get Covered Illinois, the state’s enrollment arm, is spending about $150,000 this winter to help 13 insurance brokerages pay for co-branded marketing materials.
Even with insurance, high deductibles can put care out of reach.
Spending for the medications dropped from $1 million per week to about $200,000 per week after the state imposed restrictions.
Officials seek to increase access to services since the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the health law’s birth control mandate for some employers.