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May 2014 

 

Greetings from HFS Director Julie Hamos

Welcome to another periodic edition of HFS e-news to keep you updated on program changes. To register for future editions, please visit HFS E-News Online Registration or download for others who might be interested by visiting: hfs.illinois.gov/enews. If you are a Medicaid client, this newsletter is not the official notification of any changes that may impact you, and you do not have to respond in any way. This is general information for the public.

Thank you,

Julie Hamos

New Omnibus Medicaid Bill Passed

A major omnibus Medicaid bill has passed both houses of the General Assembly.  SB 741, as amended by House Amendment #1, includes changes for hospitals, for nursing homes, Medicaid benefit changes, rate increases and other provisions.  A fact sheet can be found here on the HFS Budget webpage.  The full 231-page bill is found here: http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/98/SB/09800SB0741enr.htm

Enrollments Under Affordable Care Act

A summary of clients who became eligible by reason of the ACA is now available to the public on the HFS Transparency websitehttp://www2.illinois.gov/hfs/agency/Transparency/Pages/default.aspx#ACAEnroll

This data lists the demographics of the new population in Medicaid – age, race, gender and county.  It will be posted monthly.

Please feel free to ask questions or share comments by e-mailing: hfs.webmaster@illinois.gov