Medicaid problems healed through collaborative policy solution

052714CM0504SPRINGFIELD – Many Illinoisans will see the Medicaid problems they experienced this year under a new law addressed and adjusted in legislation sponsored by State Senator Donne Trotter (D – Chicago) and his colleagues. The law restores non-diabetic podiatric (foot-care) services and restorative dental care, removes limitations on rehabilitative services and gives children with complex needs access to the medicine they need to function and remain comfortable.

It took a cooperative effort between legislators and nursing home, managed care, hospital and community provider industries to reach the policy solution known as the Medicare-Medicaid Alignment Initiative (MMAI).

“It was only through the collaborative efforts of lawmakers, agencies, care providers and the people who are going to be directly affected by the law, that we can found the right answers to the right questions and, in this case, restored essential medical services people need,” Sen. Trotter said. “Complications with one’s health are tough enough to handle. They do not need to be made worse by complicated health care policy.”  

The law provides policy guidance for Medicaid managed care, a hospital finance plan for the next four years and rate reform for both the hospital and nursing home industries. The new law finally provides leadership in ensuring parity with the Affordable Care Act in Illinois as well.

The new law will inject $622.5 million into the state’s health care system, much of the funding ($400 million) provided through an initiative of the Affordable Care Act.

Senate Bill 741 was signed into law today and takes effect immediately.

Senator Donne E. Trotter

17th District
Assistant Majority Leader

Years served: 1988–1993 (House); 1993–2018 (Senate)

Committee assignments: Energy and Public Utilities; Appropriations I; Executive; Appropriations II (Vice-Chairperson); Committee of the Whole.

Biography: Senior hospital administrator; born Jan. 30th, 1950, in Cairo; B.A., Chicago State University; M.J., Loyola University School of Law; married (wife, Rose), has four children.