Monday, September 5, 2011

Illinois' new managed care program for disabled patients

The Chicago Tribune ran an article about the issues with Illinois' new program of HMO-style care for people with serious disabilities. Many doctors and hospitals are refusing to join the new Medicaid program, which will require patients to break current relationships and find new doctors who will take their coverage. Almost 40,000 adults with disabilities and Medicaid coverage living in suburban Cook, DuPage, Kane, Will, Kankakee and Lake counties are being affected. Those in Chicago are curently excluded but may be included if the pilot program succeeds. The two private HMO- style plans available include Aetna Better Health and the IlliniCare Health Plan.

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