Seniors in Illinois who have faced considerable delays in receiving their Medicaid coverage — including one woman who claims she went blind waiting for eye care — can sue the state, a judge ruled last week.
Most nursing home residents on Medicaid have financial resources that were not counted toward their eligibility for the government insurance program, but few have substantial assets tucked away, according to a new government report.
Twenty-six states filed a brief Tuesday encouraging the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down a provision of the healthcare reform law that calls for a major expansion of Medicaid.
As federal deficit-reduction talks continue, lawmakers from both sides are proposing legislation to tighten Medicaid eligibility rules. The legislators' collective goal is to trim program outlays by more than $13 billion. Not surprisingly, many providers are expressing concern over possible reductions in their largest funding source.
States could limit eligibility to Medicaid and the Children's Hospital Insurance Program if a Republican-sponsored bill in the House and Senate passes.