Managed Care Organizations (MCOs)

Daisy Contreras / NPR Illinois

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker says he’s counting on new taxes to help close the state’s  3.2 billion dollar budget hole. NPR Illinois reporters are taking a closer look at some of his ideas. First up, Jaclyn Driscoll breaks down the biggest chunk of revenue in Pritzker’s proposal -  a tax on health insurers.

State Week logo
Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois

The Democratic candidates for governor appeared in the first of several televised debates, an unsealed lawsuit reveals Gov. Bruce Rauner has been more involved in his personal finances than he let on, and an audit finds the administration could not properly account for more than $7.11 billion in Medicaid payments to private insurance companies. 

An audit issued Tuesday shows Illinois government could not properly account for more than $7 billion paid to private medical insurance companies running parts of the Medicaid program.

It comes as Gov. Bruce Rauner¹s administration is planning to expand the role of private insurance.

Medicaid is Illinois' health care program for the elderly, poor and disabled, and the Rauner administration wants more of it run by private insurance.

But Democratic Rep. Fred Crespo, from Hoffman Estates, says these Managed Care Organizations, or MCOs, are squeezing patients.