May 31, 2011
Illinois’ Medicaid health insurance program for the poor has begun enrolling 40,000 people into two private health plans, the beginning of a broader initiative to provide better coordinated and more cost-effective medical care for some elderly and disabled patients.
The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, which runs the state Medicaid program for the poor, said today the program will serve seniors and adults with disabilities in suburban Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kankakee, Lake and Will counties. They will have to enroll in a health plans operated by Aetna Inc. or the other private plan contracting with the state that is run by Centene Corp. subsidiary known as IlliniCare.
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