Healthcare Reform

Congress Passes No Surprise Billing Act

The Deal to End Surprise Medical Bills Finally Gets Approved Scope Of The Protections Consumers would be protected from surprise medical bills when they receive care in both emergency and nonemergency settings; the protections would extend to out-of-network air ambulances. As a result, patients would be protected from surprise bills in situations where they have […]

Illinois Approves Medicaid Coverage for Mental Health Via Telehealth

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has approved legislation mandating the state’s Medicaid program to reimburse behavioral and mental health providers for telehealth. The bill was one of five signed into law this week by Rauner, all designed to improve access to mental healthcare and increase treatment opportunities in the midst of an opioid abuse crisis. “We […]

Illinois insurers plan 2018 double-digit ACA rate increases

Illinois consumers and small businesses using Obamacare will have fewer insurers to choose from and could face double-digit rate hikes for health plans they buy on the exchanges. On average, the highest rate increase proposed for plans to be sold to Illinois small businesses is nearly 47 percent, and for consumers, 43 percent, according to […]