Your NPR news source

Quinn eyes cuts to Medicaid

SHARE Quinn eyes cuts to Medicaid

Illinois doctors who agree to treat Medicaid patients will get paid less for doing it under one scenario Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is considering.

It deals with something called “the reimbursement rate.”

For example, a dentist might get about $75 for filling a cavity for someone with private insurance. But for a Medicaid patient, the dentist only receives about $30 from the state. That money comes from taxpayers.

Quinn is looking for places to cut the state budget. He presents his ideas to the General Assembly on Feb. 22. The state already faces a backlog of Medicaid bills totaling more than $2 billion.

But if Quinn reduces rates to doctors any further, fewer doctors will agree to take Medicaid patients, according to Wayne Polek, president of the state Medical Society.

“The reimbursement for Medicaid is less than what it takes for us to provide that service. It winds up really being charity care and there’s only so much charity care you can do to keep your doors open,” he said.

The Latest
Chicagoan Bruce Heyman, a former U.S. Ambassador to Canada, and a major Democratic donor and fundraiser, also said it was time for Democrats to consider alternatives to Biden.
An automated ticketing program targeting drivers who block bus lanes, bike lanes, crosswalks or loading zones downtown has been delayed until the fall, the city said. Every offending driver gets one warning notice before being ticketed.
Illinois Republicans prepare to celebrate Trump’s nomination as recent infighting has mired the state party.
Chicago slightly grew a youth jobs program this summer, including hiring 100 people to learn conflict resolution and relationship building.
It’s a remarkable turnaround in a case that once seemed like a slam-dunk for the feds. Jurors in May 2023 convicted the four defendants of every count for which they’d been charged.