Gov. Quinn unveils $5.2B Medicaid waiver plan

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CHICAGO (AP) – Gov. Pat Quinn has released a five-year plan to restructure Illinois’ Medicaid program.

The so-called “Path to Transformation” Medicaid waiver was posted online this week. If approved by the federal government, it would allow the state to obtain $5.2 billion in federal funds over five years to update the state’s health care infrastructure.

Quinn’s office says it would shorten waiting list for services to the disabled, expand mental health and addiction treatment services, and lower long-term costs.

The proposal aims to create more supportive housing for Medicaid clients and to consolidate nine programs that now serve different categories of disabled people.

Public hearings are set for Friday in Springfield and Feb. 20 in Chicago. The plan will be submitted to the federal government March 12. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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