Health Care Law Means Champaign County To Have Largest Medicaid Growth
With the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, the Kaiser Family Foundation says Champaign County will see the highest percentage growth in the state of people signing up for Medicaid, with 15,000 new enrollees.
Claudia Lennhoff, who is the executive director of Champaign County Health Care Consumers, is working to link new Medicaid enrollees with primary care doctors and information about preventive care.
Still, with more people able to access health care, Lennhoff said wait times at hospitals and other care facilities will likely go up.
“I do think we will see an increase in the number of patients coming to the health care system because there are a lot of people out there right now who are hurting who have health issues that they’ve been afraid to address because they didn’t have the means to pay for it," she said. "So, we will see an increase, but whether it’s an avalanche only time will tell.”
By Oct. 1, people across the country can start shopping for health insurance through a new online marketplace.
Groups, like Champaign County Health Care Consumers and the Champaign Urbana Public Health District, are providing services to help people understand their options.
The Obama Administration is slowly implementing mandates created by the Affordable Care Act but recently delayed one applying to some businesses. This hour on Focus, we’ll talk about what’s been delayed, what changes will be implemented as planned and what you should expect if you need to purchase health insurance through one of the exchanges this fall. Health insurance coverage through Illinois exchanges will be available for purchase October 1, and this hour on Focus, John Katsinas of Barham Benefit Group and Claudia Lenhoff of Champaign County Health Consumers join host Jim Meadows.
Do you have questions about the Affordable Care Act and how it’s going to affect you as more and more mandates take effect? We welcome your calls and questions this hour on Focus!
Last week the US Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services released a price list for services at hospitals across the country. In East Central Illinois, the data showed that prices for the same procedures vary widely depending on which hospital you’re at in the area. This hour on Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with two health care finance experts about why this could be and who determines the cost for health care.
John Katsinas is a broker with the Barham Benefit Group in Champaign and works with Champaign County Health Consumers. He'll be here to talk with us about local insurance markets and how that influences the cost of services at local hospitals. Jim Unland, President of the Health Capital Group and editor of the Journal of Health Care Finance also joins us. He says the variance in price has to do with a "cat and mouse game" between insurers and care providers.