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Quinn signs law to expand Medicaid coverage

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Some major changes are on the way for Illinois Medicaid patients. Not only will it provide more coverage, but it should put more money back in the pockets of local hospitals.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed a law this week that aims to restore nearly $400 million in Medicaid cuts that the state made back in 2012.
   
Under the new law, adult dental and podiatry coverage will be restored. Blessing Hospital Chief Accounting Officer Tim Moore says the new measure is a positive move for patients and healthcare providers.

"We've seen a higher proportion of medicaid patients, our numbers have been up in the last several months," Moore said. "So those folks have been seeking services from us. The money that's coming from the federal government will assist us in receiving funding and reimbursement for providing those services."

The new legislation could give Illinois access to about $2.4 billion in federal money over the next few years. Coverage for adult dental and podiatry services begins in the fall.

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