MADISON, Wis.-Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle signed a bill in May that's expected to garner $53 million more in federal funds for the state's Medicaid program, which faces a $277 million shortfall this year. The law reduces how much state money goes to county programs, including personal care, but increases state funding for other programs, such as medical assistance. At deadline, a call to the governor's office had not been returned.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill.-Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan derailed a bill in May that would have required Illinois hospitals to provide free or discounted care to some uninsured patients, according to Crain's Chicago Business, a sister publication of Modern Healthcare. 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.