Medicaid managed care underway in Rockford area

ROCKFORD — Eligible Medicaid patients with disabilities in the Rockford area have a nonprofit option for their care management.

The not-for-profit Community Care Alliance of Illinois has been selected by Illinois Medicaid officials as a managed care community network. Voluntary enrollment for people with disabilities and seniors on Medicaid began July 1.

Community Care Alliance of Illinois is the only nonprofit managed care organization participating in the state's Integrated Care Program, and people with disabilities serve on the board.

Aetna Better Health and IlliniCare also offer Medicaid managed care in the Rockford area. Eligible enrollees must choose a plan by early August or be automatically enrolled in one of the three plans.

State law requires at least half of Illinois Medicaid recipients be moved into managed care by 2015.