New IL healthcare bill to help children

Updated: Aug. 21, 2018 at 7:07 PM CDT
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SOUTHERN ILLINOIS (KFVS) - A new bill signed by Governor Bruce Rauner which affects children considered "medically fragile, technology dependent."

With this new bill family with kids that need expensive, highly technical care and are covered by Medicaid are exempt from managed-care organizations.

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Medically fragile and technology dependent children would be a child that has to be on a ventilator, one that uses feeding tubes, or is wheelchair dependent.

The Managed Care Organizations are meant to save money for the State of Illinois.

Managed Care Organizations are paid by the state of Illinois to streamline Illinois healthcare system and provide efficient care which then in turn pay Medicaid.

This means that families who fall under the guidelines of the bill will be able to pay with their Medicaid directly, and not have to deal with a 3rd party managed-care organization which could halt the process of them getting proper care.

Dr. Jeff Ripperda of Shawnee Health Care says this helps cut through the red tape that families may have to deal with.

"The bill just really recognizes that fact in saying that, expecting an organization to provide efficient care to a kid that is this sick and this many ongoing needs, said Dr. Ripperda. "It is not going to happen we have to spend some money on these people in order to provide them with good healthcare."

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