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Gov. Quinn unveils $5.2B Medicaid waiver plan

CHICAGO – Gov. Pat Quinn has released a five-year plan to restructure Illinois' Medicaid program.

The so-called "Path to Transformation" Medicaid waiver was posted online this week. If approved by the federal government, it would allow the state to obtain $5.2 billion in federal funds over five years to update the state's health care infrastructure.

Quinn's office says it would shorten waiting list for services to the disabled, expand mental health and addiction treatment services, and lower long-term costs.

The proposal aims to create more supportive housing for Medicaid clients and to consolidate nine programs that now serve different categories of disabled people.

Public hearings are set for Friday in Springfield and Feb. 20 in Chicago. The plan will be submitted to the federal government March 12.

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Online: http://www2.illinois.gov/gov/healthcarereform/Pages/1115Waiver.aspx

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