This Week In Public Health: Illinois' Slow Medicaid payments May Force Some Doctors To Close

Aug 11, 2017

Medicaid owes one doctor in Illinois $100,000 forcing her to open a new practice focused on patients with private insurance. This week, Side Effects looks how the lingering effects of budget impasse in Illinois is pushing doctors to the brink. Plus, residents' fears drive the closure of a needle exchange that was working prevent the spread of disease. And more...

Medicaid Bill Backlog Pushing Illinois Doctors To The Brink Of Closure
After 18 years serving the Metro East region of Illinois, pediatrician Kristin Stahl is crafting an exit strategy - and may eventually close her practice. Two years of unpaid bills during the state’s budget impasse have driven her into debt and to the end of her patience. Side Effects' Christine Herman reports.

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Residents’ Fears Drive First Closure of An Indiana Needle Exchange
In a state that saw a massive HIV outbreak caused by needle sharing, county needle exchange programs have been welcomed by public health officials. But now the needle exchange in one county is shutting down after people worried about a perceived increase in discarded syringes in front yards and playgrounds. Side Effects' Sarah Fentem reports why public health officials are worried.

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Medicaid Expansion May Be Driving An Unexpected Government Cost Saving
Side Effects' Jake Harper reports: Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act could have some hidden cost savings in another government program. It's leading fewer people to sign up for disability benefits, according to a new study from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

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