Ambulance Carveout Is Latest Medicaid Managed Care Battleground

SPRINGFIELD – Stakeholders are calling on Gov. JB Pritzker to sign a bill that passed the General Assembly unanimously and would remove non-emergency ambulance services from the state’s Medicaid managed care program in favor of a fee-for-service model. While an association group representing ambulance services says House Bill 684 is needed to counter arbitrary denials of claims […]

Hospital Cyberattacks: More Frequent, Severe As Pandemic Continues

INDIANAPOLIS — Ransomware attacks against healthcare facilities are becoming more frequent and severe as the pandemic and workforce shortages stress hospital capabilities. That makes cyberattacks pose potential life-threatening consequences, experts say. https://cpa.ds.npr.org/s4780019/audio/2021/08/ransomwaretwowayweb.mp3 On Aug. 4, Indianapolis-based Eskenazi Health experienced a ransomware attack, halting access to electronic medical records and requiring ambulances to bypass the city’s […]

217 Today: Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Wednesday, August 25, 2021 Today’s headlines: A longtime fixture in state and national Democratic politics is mounting a challenge to Congressman Rodney Davis in Illinois’ 13th District. Gov. JB Pritzker says he won’t hesitate to implement COVID mitigations again if warranted, but he has declined to say what they might be. An Illinois Congressman who […]

House Passes Bill Bolstering Landmark Voting Law

WASHINGTON — House Democrats have passed legislation that would strengthen a landmark civil rights-era voting law weakened by the Supreme Court over the past decade. It’s a step party leaders are touting as progress in their quest to turn back voting restrictions advanced in Republican-led states. But the bill passed Tuesday on a 219-212 vote […]

House Passes $3.5T Biden Blueprint After Deal With Moderates

WASHINGTON — House Democratic leaders have compromised with moderates and muscled President Joe Biden’s multitrillion-dollar budget blueprint over a key hurdle. Biden praised Tuesday’s 220-to-212 vote as a step toward “truly investing in the American people.” A band of moderate lawmakers had been threatening to withhold their support for the $3.5 trillion plan. They were […]