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IL Medicaid cleanup yielding lower-than-hoped savings

Wednesday, 18 September 2013 00:02 Published in Local News

   CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois officials say the state saved about $44 million in five months because of a vendor's work to scrub unentitled Illinois residents from the Medicaid rolls. Department of Healthcare and Family Services Director Julie Hamos detailed the savings Tuesday at a legislative hearing in Chicago.

   The work by Reston, Va.-based Maximus resulted in the state canceling Medicaid for more than 125,000 people. Outsourcing that task will cost the state about $70 million over two years.

   Hamos says 40 percent of the people kicked off Medicaid had no medical costs in the past six months, resulting in lower than projected savings.

   She says Illinois officials still would like to complete the contract with Maximus and will appeal an arbitrator's ruling that would require the contract to be canceled Dec. 31.

 

TX Gov. Perry heading back to Missouri

Tuesday, 17 September 2013 04:27 Published in Local News

   Texas Governor Rick Perry will be back in Missouri at the end of the month.  

   Perry had created a buzz earlier this summer with an ad campaign that attempted to lure businesses away from Missouri.  He visited the state to lobby, unsuccessfully, for an override of Governor Nixon's tax cut veto.  

   Perry, fellow former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum, and anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist will all address the Conservative Political Action Conference, or "CPAC" gathering St. Louis.  The regional convention of the American Conservative Union is a showcase for the conservative political movement.

   Other confirmed participants include Missouri's junior Senator Roy Blunt and Kansas Governor Sam Brownback.

AFL-CIO pushes for waiver for Ameren's Illinois plants

Tuesday, 17 September 2013 04:10 Published in Local News

   SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A labor coalition wants Illinois' pollution control board to waive pollution controls at coal-fired plants being sold by Ameren Corp.

   The AFL-CIO is making its position known hours before the Illinois Pollution Control Board is set to meet in Springfield on Tuesday.

   The AFL-CIO says that move by the board would provide certainty to employers and communities in central and southern Illinois. But environmental groups say pollution upgrades are needed.

   Houston-based Dynegy wants to buy the plants from Ameren, which has a waiver that allowed it to delay installing soot-control equipment at the five plants.

   The board refused to transfer the waiver to Dynegy, saying it must make its own case for a waiver. Dynegy says it will do so.

   The board is expected to make a decision by November.

 

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