Author: Tim Stumm

Pritzker releases healthcare transition report, announces bigger than expected budget gap

Gov. J.B. Pritzker released a series of reports from his transition committees Friday, previewing potential healthcare priorities. The reports came on the same day that the administration announced the state faces a $3.2 billion budget gap for the upcoming fiscal year, $400 million higher than previous estimates.

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Guzzardi expecting “broad spectrum” of proposals from prescription drug committee

In a recent interview with Health News Illinois, Guzzardi said lawmakers will unveil a package of proposals later this month focusing on “as many of the actors in the supply chain as we can.”

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Medicaid enrollment sanctions remain for Blue Cross and Blue Shield

A hold on automatic Medicaid enrollments for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois remains in place, a state official said last week. But he said similar holds for Harmony Health Plan aren't in effect after the plan's contract with the program ended last year.

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Medicaid advisory committee scraps opioid subcommittee

The state’s Medicaid Advisory Committee is scrapping plans for an opioid subcommittee and instead relying on a state task force tackling the epidemic. Meanwhile, a state official on the task force said Friday Illinois may be seeing a leveling off of opioid overdose deaths.

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Howard Brown Health helping launch national network on transgender and gender nonconforming health

A Chicago-based LGBTQ health organization on Monday announced that it would help launch a national research advisory network focused on addressing the health needs of transgender and gender nonconforming people.

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Medicaid director: Integrated health homes coming, but more work needed

A Medicaid official said Friday that the state hasn't decided when it will launch integrated health homes, an initiative aimed at increasing care coordination and a key part of the state’s overhaul of behavioral healthcare in Medicaid.

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