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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A bill introduced by State Rep. Fred Crespo, D-Hoffman Estates, was signed into law and ensures that “medically fragile” children in Illinois continue to be covered by Medicaid rather than being moved into programs with high denial rates and decreased care.

 

https://www.dailyherald.com/submitted/20180824/crespo-bill-to-protect-x201cmedically-fragilex201d-children-signed-into-law

Daily Herald, August 27, 2017

 

Summary:

A bill introduced by State Rep. Fred Crespo, D-Hoffman Estates, was signed into law on Tuesday, August 21 by Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner. House Bill 4736 ensures that “medically fragile” children in Illinois continue to be covered by Medicaid rather than being moved into programs with high denial rates and decreased care.

 

“House Bill 4736, in my opinion, is the most significant bill that I have worked on this year that has been signed into law, and the one I’m proudest of,” Crespo said. “I want to thank Michelle Kish, Guilianna Anderson and their parents who brought the issue of their medical care to light and made this legislation possible.”

 

Crespo led the charge to pass House Bill 4736, which exempts children who are Medically Fragile, Technology Dependent (MFTD), and children requiring Nursing Personal Care Services (NPCS) from the state’s Medicaid Managed Care Program (MCO). Additionally, Crespo’s new law allows children with severe medical conditions currently enrolled in the MCO program to unenroll and receive Medicaid services through the current fee-for-service plan. Roughly 1,000 medically fragile children in Illinois will benefit from this bill.

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