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Archive for the ‘Illinois’ Category

See who’s owed the most by deadbeat Illinois

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Crain’s Chicago Business reports:

“More than 60 businesses and other groups are owed at least $10 million apiece by the state, while 13 of them are due $100 million or more. Those owed the most are in health care, including insurers Aetna Better Health and Blue Cross/Blue Shield parent Health Care Service Corp., each out nearly $600 million.


One Illinois medical center lands on list of best U.S. hospitals

Friday, August 18th, 2017

Crains Chicago Business reports:

“Northwestern Memorial Hospital is the only Illinois medical center to land among the best 20 hospitals nationwide, according to new rankings by U.S. News & World Report.


Mendoza criticizes Illinois’ ‘lawless’ fiscal climate

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

Crain’s Chicago Business reports:

“Hospitals and doctors treating patients on the state payroll are now owed a collective $4.3 billion, Democratic Comptroller Susana Mendoza highlights in a new report that reflects a “lawless fiscal climate.”

The annual state report for the fiscal year ended June 30 “paints a worsening outlook” for Illinois’ financial future, the comptroller’s office said in a statement.


A $394 million Obamacare tax for Illinois

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Crain’s Chicago Business reports:

“There’s more than a touch of absurdity in the way an industry fee in President Barack Obama’s health care law is being passed along to state taxpayers.

As Alice in Wonderland might say, a curious tax just got curiouser. The burden to states could mount to $13 billion in less than a decade.


Even U of C Medicine and Rush have health insurance problems

Friday, February 27th, 2015

Crain’s Chicago Business reports:

“Proving that no one is immune to the changes sweeping the health care industry, two of Chicago’s most prestigious teaching hospitals are being dinged by insurance companies trying to control costs.

Humana is ending a 20-year relationship with University of Chicago Medicine, which will be eliminated from the insurer’s networks April 1.


State health insurance exchange scuttled in Illinois

Monday, January 12th, 2015

The Quad-City Times reports:

“An 11th-hour bid to establish a state-based health insurance exchange fell short Wednesday when the Illinois House adjourned for the remainder of the year without bringing the matter for a vote.

Against the backdrop of a federal deadline to take action and the looming end of single-party control of state government, the sponsor of the measure said she couldn’t round up enough votes to get the measure to outgoing Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn’s desk.


The risk in rushing an Illinois health exchange

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

The Chicago Tribune reports:

“Tns of thousands of Illinois residents will sign up for coverage under Obamacare over the next few months. Many of them wouldn’t be able to afford the insurance without a federal subsidy to help pay the premiums.

Those subsidies, however, are in jeopardy because the Affordable Care Act was poorly, hastily written. The U.S. Supreme Court will decide next year whether the subsidies are legal in Illinois and many other states that use, the federal Obamacare website.


Fleishman-Hillard wins contract to market Illinois health exchange

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

The Chicago Tribune reports:

“Illinois on Friday awarded marketing and public relations firm Fleishman Hillard a $35 million contract to market and promote the state’s Health Insurance Marketplace, an online exchange where individuals and small businesses can compare and purchase private health insurance beginning Oct. 1.

Fleishman Hillard, along with several partners, will lead a massive multimedia outreach and advertising campaign to promote enrollment in the state-based insurance exchange, a key aspect of the Affordable Care Act.


6 insurers offer 165 health plans for Illinois exchange review

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Chicago Tribune reports:

“Six insurance carriers submitted 165 health insurance plans to be offered on the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace, the online exchange where individuals and small businesses in October can begin buying coverage for 2014, state officials said Wednesday.

The state didn’t say which insurers submitted plans, which must be vetted by state and federal regulators to ensure they comply with new rules.


Illinois lawmakers rebuff governor over health insurance exchange

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Chicago Health Care Daily reports:

“Federal officials could end up overseeing the new Illinois health insurance marketplace for years to come after lawmakers in Springfield balked again at a full embrace of President Barack Obama’s health care law.

The Legislature adjourned Friday without sending Gov. Pat Quinn’s a bill on a state-run marketplace — a consumer-friendly online shopping site for insurance. Quinn has pushed such a plan for three years without success.

Although the state will partner with Washington the first year, the Democratic governor had hoped Illinois could take the reins in 2014 for coverage starting in 2015. That timetable now seems highly unlikely unless lawmakers pass legislation when they convene for the abbreviated veto session this fall.


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