Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services News

Judge orders IL state agencies to move quicker on applications for long-term Medicaid benefits

By Dan Churney | Apr 3, 2018

The Illinois Department of Human Services has 90 days from when basic Medicaid recipients apply to determine if they are eligible for long-term Medicaid, or they will be automatically eligible for the long-term benefits, a federal judge has ruled, brushing aside concerns from state officials the time limit will encourage applicants who may otherwise be ineligible to game the sytem.

Illinois law requiring taxpayers to pay for abortions faces court challenge; no funding source ID'd, suit says

By Michael Carroll | Dec 4, 2017

Anti-abortion groups have filed a lawsuit challenging an Illinois law that clears the way for the public funding of elective abortions beginning on Jan. 1, saying the legislation violates the Illinois state constitution's requirements that lawmakers first identify where the tens of millions of dollars will come from to pay for more than 40,000 abortions per year.

Judge refuses to let state sidestep lawsuit by fair housing group over discrimination vs mentally ill

By Dan Churney | Oct 11, 2017

A Chicago federal judge has refused to dismiss suits by a fair housing group, alleging state officials discriminate against the mentally ill by barring them from a Medicaid-backed housing program.

Nursing homes win right under Medicaid Act to suit IL over $12 million owed in unpaid reimbursements

By Kacie Whaley | Sep 23, 2017

A federal appeals court has handed a group of Illinois nursing home operators a win in their fight to demand Medicaid payments from the state, upholding a Chicago federal district judge who had also sided with the care facilities.

Federal judge says IL not living up to spending obligations for those with developmental disabilities

By Scott Holland | Aug 14, 2017

Citing a 2011 agreement, a federal judge has ordered the state of Illinois to figure out how to increase its spending on social services for state residents with developmental disabilities.

Nursing homes can sue the state on patients' behalf to force prompt processing of Medicaid claims: Judge

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jun 9, 2017

A federal judge has cleared the way for yet another group of lawsuits demanding the financially-troubled state of Illinois be forced to more promptly process and pay Medicaid claims, saying federal law allows Medicaid recipients and, by extension, health care agencies to sue the state for failing to abide federal law requiring the payment of Medicaid claims “with reasonable promptness.”

Appeals court: IL didn't overstep in cutting nursing homes' Medicaid pay; homes can't sue in Cook courts

By Dan Churney | Jan 4, 2017

A Chicago appellate panel has affirmed a lower court finding that a suit lodged by scores of nursing homes, alleging Illinois state government excessively cut its Medicaid reimbursements to the nursing facilities, should be pursued in the Illinois Court of Claims rather than Cook County Circuit Court, because the state did not overstep its authority as to how it calculated the reductions. 

Appeals panel: Judge wrong to nix firing of state worker who got Link cards for friends, family, used it herself

By Scott Holland | Feb 18, 2016

A state appellate panel in Springfield has reinstated the termination of a state worker who had been fired for allegedly authorizing state aid for friends and relatives, and using those benefits to pay for purchases for herself. A Sangamon County judge had ordered her punishment reduced.

IL state officials tossed from discrimination lawsuit vs Eden Supportive Living over mental health policies

By Dan Churney | Sep 8, 2015

A Chicago federal judge has tossed several state officials, including former Gov. Patrick Quinn, from a suit brought by two women and a fair housing group, which alleged officials wrongly barred the mentally ill from a Medicaid-supported housing program.

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