- Exchanges: The Illinois legislature introduced three separate bills in the 2011 and 2012 legislative sessions designed to establish a state-based health insurance exchange, none of which passed. Governor Quinn issued an executive order authorizing an exchange, but eventually decided not to move forward.
- Essential Health Benefits: The Illinois General Assembly has taken no specific action on essential health benefits benchmark development. The Health Benefits Exchange Legislative Study Committee has made some recommendations, but none thus far have been implemented.
- Medicaid Expansion: Governor Quinn has said the state will be expanding Medicaid.
- Medicare Advantage Enrollment: Illinois currently has 210,517 seniors and people with disabilities enrolled in Medicare Advantage, or about 11% of all Medicare beneficiaries.
NEWS OF NOTE
» Associated Press – Illinois Moving to Enact Health Care Provisions
» Governor Quinn Statement on Supreme Court Decision Upholding Affordable Care Act (press release)
» Peoria Star Journal – Coalition Urging Creation of Illinois Health Exchange
» Chicago Sun Times – Illinois House Passes Bill to Cut $1.6 Billion from Medicaid
» Kaiser Health News – Ill. Lawmakers Race to Approve Cuts, Tax Increases to Fill Medicaid Budget Hole
» Crain’s Chicago Business – General Assembly puts health exchange bill on back burner
» Chicago Tribune – Governor Proposes Plan to Rein in Medicaid
» Chicago Sun-Times – Quinn Ties Cigarette Tax Hike to Health Benefits
» Peoria Star Journal – Illinois Must Adopt Framework to Protect Patients