The Latest: Illinois Senate OKs Medicaid funding plan

Updated 2:16 pm, Wednesday, February 28, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on legislative action on the Medicaid program for hospitals (all times local):

4:15 p.m.

The Illinois Senate has OK’d a revised Medicaid funding plan for hospitals.

The 53-3 vote Wednesday came just hours after House approval.

The legislation is an answer to a federal requirement that cost-cutting managed-care programs cover more Medicaid patients.

The hospital assessment program is responsible for distributing $3.5 billion to hospitals around the state. Hospitals pay a tax that is then matched by the federal government.

But two Chicago-based hospitals say they will be forced to close. They don’t receive enough funds under the updated program.

The plan now goes to Gov. Bruce Rauner. His office did not immediately respond to a question about whether he supports it.

The state is racing the clock. The current hospital assessment plan is set to expire June 30 and still needs approval from the federal government.


2:00 p.m.

The Illinois House has approved a revised plan to access federal Medicaid money for hospitals.

The plan OK’d Wednesday would provide $3.5 billion in state and federal money for about 200 hospitals. It answers federal requirements that more Medicaid patients be covered by managed-care programs.

The House voted 107-7 for the plan. Hospitals pay an assessment upfront that’s matched by federal funds.

Chicago Democratic Rep. Greg Harris of Chicago says his plan provides 58 percent of the money will go to hospitals serving impoverished urban areas and others in rural areas which often are the only health care facilities for miles around.

But the revamped formula would still force closures of two hospitals.

The House OK’d a second plan 110-0 to authorize state officials to monitor managed-care claims and denials.

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