Camille Y. Lilly

State agrees to seek more funds from feds for hospitals worried about Medicaid formula

State agrees to seek more funds from feds for hospitals worried about Medicaid formula

The state has agreed to ask the federal government for funds to cover an additional $360 million in hospital Medicaid expenses, resolving a key point of contention while inching toward the redesign of a program that provides critical support to many Illinois medical facilities.

The redesign has prompted concerns about reduced funding to hospitals in poor communities that say they might have to close as a result; collecting as much money as possible from the federal government has been viewed as key to ensuring their survival.

"As new funding comes into the system, we need to be sure that priority is given to high Medicaid hospitals and hospitals that have need across the...

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