Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan derailed a bill that would have required Illinois hospitals to provide free or discounted care to some uninsured patients. Madigan, who is investigating hospitals' billing and collection policies for the uninsured, wanted the income limits for assistance raised and wanted her office to enforce the law. "In terms of the working poor, it doesn't reach them," said Benjamin Weinberg, chief of the public interest division in the attorney general's office. Madigan's objections caused the Service Employees International Union, a key backer of the bill, to walk away from an agreement with the Illinois Hospital Association to support the legislation. -- by Crain's Chicago Business
Ill. attorney general scuttles bill on uninsured
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