Department of Healthcare and Family Services http://wuis.org en Ill. Medicaid Recipients Surge As Adults Find They're Eligible http://wuis.org/post/ill-medicaid-recipients-surge-adults-find-theyre-eligible <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Illinois officials are dealing with a surge of new patients in the Medicaid program. It's part of last month's rush of people seeking coverage under the Affordable Care Act.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For the first time, low-income adults without children are eligible for government health coverage.</span></p><p>In Illinois, officials expect that'll mean 350,000 new people in Medicaid. And that's not all.</p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 20:36:41 +0000 Brian Mackey 24073 at http://wuis.org Ill. Medicaid Recipients Surge As Adults Find They're Eligible Former HFS Director To Pay $100k Ethics Fine http://wuis.org/post/former-hfs-director-pay-100k-ethics-fine <p>A former state official has agreed to pay a record $100,000 fine to settle charges he violated a state ethics law. Barry Maram is accused of going to work for a state contractor a week after he left his job as director of Healthcare and Family Services.</p><p>Maram<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> was </span>HFS<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> director from the earliest days of the Blagojevich administration through April 2010.</span></p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 22:42:33 +0000 Brian Mackey 23844 at http://wuis.org Former HFS Director To Pay $100k Ethics Fine Lawmaker Calls For Drug Test As Welfare Prerequisite http://wuis.org/post/lawmaker-calls-drug-test-welfare-prerequisite <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Nearly three million Illinoisans receive benefits in the form of food stamps, welfare or medical help. But one lawmaker says too much of this assistance is being "drained" by drug users.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rep. Dwight Kay (R-Glen Carbon) is proposing changes to the way beneficiaries qualify for assistance. He wants to require drug testing when people sign up for welfare. The representative says the state pays money to people without assessing their ability to be productive.</span></p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 23:55:20 +0000 Hannah Meisel 17618 at http://wuis.org Lawmaker Calls For Drug Test As Welfare Prerequisite Public vs. Private Job To Scrub State Medicaid Rolls http://wuis.org/post/public-vs-private-job-scrub-state-medicaid-rolls <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Illinois' attempts to remove ineligible people from the state's Medicaid rolls are on hold, as Illinois and its largest public employees' union fight over who should actually do the scrubbing. The state says it will appeal a ruling that says it has to cancel its $77 million dollar contract with an outside firm.</p><p>Big changes are ahead for Medicaid, the state's health insurance program for the poor. Hundreds of thousands of residents are expected to be added to the rolls under the federal health care law.</p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 23:49:45 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 9072 at http://wuis.org Public vs. Private Job To Scrub State Medicaid Rolls New Law Recruits Casinos To Assist With Child Support Collection http://wuis.org/post/new-law-recruits-casinos-assist-child-support-collection <p>Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation that lets casinos and race tracks garnish gambling winnings from parents who owe back child support.<br>&nbsp;<br>The new law that was signed Monday takes effect immediately. It's aimed at chipping away at the state's nearly $3 billion backlog in unpaid child support.<br>&nbsp;<br>The Springfield bureau of <a href="http://bit.ly/167lzRU">Lee Enterprises newspapers reports</a> the money would be turned over to the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services. From there, it'd be distributed to parents.<br>&nbsp; Tue, 13 Aug 2013 13:48:16 +0000 Associated Press 7206 at http://wuis.org Ill. Medicaid Upgrade To Use Michigan System http://wuis.org/post/ill-medicaid-upgrade-use-michigan-system <p></p><p>State officials have announced an interstate partnership with Michigan to update Illinois' outdated Medicaid information management system.</p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 11:57:04 +0000 Associated Press 6755 at http://wuis.org Ill. Medicaid Upgrade To Use Michigan System