Questions Dog Illinois Medicaid Managed-Care Switch

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of Illinois residents covered by Medicaid will see their health coverage change Sunday when they’re transferred into managed care. HealthChoice Illinois , a plan ordered by the Legislature in 2014 to reduce costs, enlists Managed Care Organizations to handle health care. MCOs purportedly focus on prevention and health maintenance with an eye toward lowering costs. Critics have had plenty to say about the rollout of the four-year, $60 billion Illinois plan, from the way Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration contracted with the MCOs chosen, to concerns about the MCOs’ reimbursement rates and the state’s track record of monitoring them.