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Gov. Rauner Introduces Plan to Change Hospital Reimbursement

March 13, 2018 - 10:24 am
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a Medicaid funding plan that changes the way hospitals are reimbursed for treating low-income patients.

"This bill is a major step forward to get appropriate federal funding for our Medicaid program, and to make sure that our safety net hospitals and our rural hospitals in the small communities are properly funded" he says. 

The legislation changes the state's $3.5 billion hospital assessment program to comply with federal mandates that more patients be covered by cost-cutting managed care organizations.

The updated formula also gives additional funding to hospitals whose patients overwhelmingly rely on Medicaid coverage.

 

The plan will now be sent to the federal government for approval.