SPRINGFIELD, IL (AP) - Doctors providing primary care in Illinois can get higher Medicaid reimbursement rates through the end of 2014.
Illinois officials are reminding doctors to sign up online for the higher rates, which are expected to increase by an average of 93 percent. If doctors sign up by June 30 they can get reimbursed at the higher rate retroactively to the beginning of this year.
Julie Hamos is director of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services. She says the temporary raise should help increase doctors' participation in Medicaid.
That's important because thousands of uninsured Illinois residents will be newly eligible for Medicaid in 2014.
The pay increase for primary care was authorized by the Affordable Care Act.
As the weather heats up with the start of summer tomorrow, many Missouri residents will head to their state park beaches. But the Department of Natural Resources says a half-dozen of those beaches are closed.
Five state park swimming beaches were closed after tests this week showed high levels of bacteria. A sixth beach - at Mark Twain State Park - remains closed because of flooding.
DNR officials say the beach at Harry S. Truman State Park and the Grand Glaize beach at the Lake of the Ozarks are among those that are off limits due to bacteria. Other beaches closed include the Pittsburg beach at Pomme de Terre, St. Joe's State Park in Park Hills and Wakonda in northeastern Missouri.
Residents and business owners in the largest Bosnian community in America are frustrated by the crime in their Bevo Mill neighborhood.
Two convenience store murders in less than a month prompted residents to pack the Bosnian Chamber of Commerce office Wednesday night, looking for answers from City Police Chief Sam Dotson.
A nineteen year old clerk at the Quick Stop store on Chippewa was gunned down May 31st. His brother was also shot and wounded. Then last week a 30 year old father with a pregnant wife was shot to death while working at a 7-11 at Gravois and Bates.
Chief Dotson told the group that crime is actually down seven-percent in the area, but that he understands their concerns and urged them to put pressure on judges to sentence repeat offenders to prison instead of probation.