- Associated Press - Thursday, August 2, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed laws designed to cut back on a growing and costly backlog in determining Medicaid eligibility for nursing home residents.

The Republican signed legislation Thursday that allows banks to share financial information with the state about clients who need institutional care. He also signed a law eliminating the need for annual Medicaid re-determination in cases where financial circumstances have not changed.

The Associated Press obtained data compiled by Democratic state Comptroller Susana Mendoza and reported in June that there is a backlog of 15,000 people awaiting state officials’ determination of eligibility for the state-federal Medicaid health care plan. They’ve already moved to nursing homes so nursing homes have been fronting about $300 million in costs while waiting for the state.

___

The bills wereSB2385 and SB2913 .



Sign up for Daily Newsletters

Copyright © 2019 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide