Lawmakers sign off on plans allowing Medicaid members to keep their doctors, limiting short-term policies

Lawmakers sign off on plans allowing Medicaid members to keep their doctors, limiting short-term policies

If Medicaid managed care patients like their doctor, they could keep them, under a bill headed to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s desk.

The proposal would give members the option to stay with their primary care physician if the contract between their provider and health plan is terminated. Now, a patient is required to choose a new primary care doctor.

“Medicaid patients who are happy with their primary care provider should be able to change health insurance plans to stay with their doctor rather than being uprooted and forced to find a new physician,” said Sen. Heather Steans, D-Chicago.

Also Rauner will have two chances to limit short-term health insurance polices in Illinois. The Legislature approved legislation limiting the duration of short-term plans to six months per year and requiring that the plans include notices alerting consumers that the policies are not compliant with the Affordable Care Act. A similar proposal was also included in a broader measure passed by lawmakers.

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