Quinn Announces Medicaid Restructuring Plan
Updated: Thursday, February 13 2014, 10:45 AM CST
Governor Pat Quinn has released a five-year plan to restructure Illinois' medicaid program.
If the federal government approves the plan, the state could get $5.2 billion in federal funds over five years to update the state's health care infrastructure for low-income and disabled patients.
Quinn's office says the medicaid plan aims to create supportive housing for medicaid clients and shorten the waiting list for services to the disabled, while expanding mental health and addiction treatment services.
"This is kind of what we see as an effort and acknowledgement that we can not continue to cut these community based programs because as we cut those programs, not only are people not getting access to the services they need, but there's a very good chance and statistics support that if individuals with serious mental illnesses need healthcare, they're going to access it on one level or another; meaning they'll go to a hospital emergency room or be incarcerated and go through county jails," said Joshua Evans, the Vice President of Government Affairs with IARF.
Officials will get public feedback before sending the proposal to federal medicaid officials. A public hearing on the medicaid plan is set for Friday, February 14th in Springfield at the Howlett building downtown from 9 AM to 12 PM.
The plan will be submitted to the federal government March 12th.