The state has been ordered to keep making Medicaid payments in its most populous county, and the rest of Illinois may soon follow.
A.J. Wilhelmi of the Illinois Hospital Association says the court ruling ordering state Medicaid payments to continue only applies to Cook County hospitals, though he says the Bruce Rauner administration could choose to make the payments to the entire state.
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“We are suggesting that the state should apply this statewide, and have payments made to all Medicaid providers throughout the state so that all 3.2 million Medicaid beneficiaries in the state continue to have access to quality health care,” Wilhelmi said.
The plaintiffs in the Cook County case, the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, have promised to file another suit if Medicaid money doesn’t start flowing to the rest of the state’s hospitals.