Illinois medicaid http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Quinn Signs Medicaid Expansion Into Law http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/quinn-signs-medicaid-expansion-law <p><em>Updated July 23 9:01 a.m. with reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky</em></p><p>Illinois is beginning to implement the Affordable Care Act.&nbsp; The Governor signed a major component of it into law Monday.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Government backed health insurance is available to seniors; Medicare kicks in at age 65.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And Medicaid's available to low-income children, and their parents.</span></p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 17:14:50 +0000 Illinois Public Radio 28442 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Quinn Signs Medicaid Expansion Into Law Ill. Ambulance And Fire Agencies See Budgets Crunched http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ill-ambulance-and-fire-agencies-see-budgets-crunched <p>Ambulance and fire agencies in Illinois have seen their budgets crunched. Some clients pay using Medicaid,&nbsp; the Illinois-backed insurance for the poor. But the state is months behind on those payments.</p><p>According to Josh Ross, operations manager for America Ambulance in Springfield, Illinois is nearly six months behind. That's a total of $330,000.</p><p>"The Medicaid problem is kind of a double-edged sword," Ross said.&nbsp; "On one is the fact we're not receiving the payments, but the other is the fact that the actual reimbursement is so much lower."</p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 14:45:44 +0000 Illinois Public Radio 10289 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ill. Ambulance And Fire Agencies See Budgets Crunched