Crain’s: Medicaid Managed Care Plans Struggling To Find Enrollees

July 12, 2017
Alfredo Mejia works with speech language pathologist Brandi Sidor.

Alfredo Mejia works with speech language pathologist Brandi Sidor. Mejia has received care through the Medicaid managed care program.

Ann and Robert H. Lurie Childrens Hospital of Chicago

A lot of discussion around the topic of health care is centered around the idea: How can we reduce costs while improving care?

That’s the driving force behind an effort launched in Illinois to overhaul the way Medicaid operates. That’s the federal-state health insurance program for low-income residents, children, and people with disabilities.

There are more than 3 million Medicaid recipients in Illinois. And ever since 2015, state law has required that at least half of them be enrolled in a Medicaid managed care plan with the goal of improving patients’ health while costing taxpayers less.

But a new report from Crain’s Chicago Business found the program isn’t reaching many of the people it’s supposed to. To learn more about what the investigation uncovered, we spoke with Crain’s health care reporter Kristen Schorsch.

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