CHICAGO – Governor J.B. Pritzker Sunday announced the “Care Comes First” action plan – a series of efforts led by the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services to expand medical coverage for residents across the state.
The state has submitted two federal waivers requesting increased flexibilities around Medicaid coverage. If approved, individuals, whether uninsured or insured, can receive Medicaid coverage for treatment if they have been diagnosed with COVID-19.
Illinois has also taken steps to request from the federal government the authority to make Medicaid available to cover the costs to treat COVID-19 for every uninsured resident, regardless of income. An additional request seeks the authority for Medicaid to help cover out-of-pocket expenses for insured residents, as a secondary payer for COVID-19 treatment costs.
In an effort to fast track Medicaid enrollment, the state has also requested approval from the federal government to remove time-consuming verification processes, such as numerous co-payments, spend-downs, and asset verifications.