Aetna may leave Illinois Medicaid program unless state pays up
Aetna Better Health of Illinois said if it does not receive the money it is owed by the state of Illinois, it will stop its Medicaid work in the state.
Aetna Better Health said the state owes it at minimum $698 million, an article on capitolfax.com said.
If Aetna Better Health were to stop its work with those on Medicaid in Illinois, nearly 235,000 people in the state who benefit from Medicaid would have to be put on other insurance plans and may not be able to get the same coverage, see the same doctors or go to the same hospitals that they had under Aetna Better Health, the article said.
“We have filed notices of intent to terminate our contracts but hope those terminations will ultimately be unnecessary upon resolution of the current Medicaid funding crisis,” Aetna spokesman T.J. Crawford said according to the article.