Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Gains in Welfare-Health Move Not as Expected

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Gains in Welfare-Health Move Not as Expected

Article excerpt

Illinois could lose about $54 million next year in savings it expected from moving welfare recipients into a managed-care health program.

In addition, the state has told federal regulators they will just have to wait to see details of how Illinois plans to deal with its Medicaid problems, including expiration of financial assessments levied on hospitals and a mountain of unpaid health-care bills for the poor.

The information is part of the Department of Public Aid's latest response to the Health Care Financing Administration, the federal agency that must approve the state's plan to move 1.1 million welfare recipients into an HMO-style, managed-care program.

Public Aid initially planned to enroll nearly all of those welfare recipients April 1. By doing so, the state estimated it would save about $173 million in health-care expenses for the poor during fiscal 1996, which starts July 1.

However, Public Aid now says it won't start enrolling people in the program until Aug. 1. And instead of the mass enrollment envisioned when the plan was first hatched, welfare recipients will be enrolled gradually over several months. …

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