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GOP Lawmakers Try To Help Health Alliance

Fri, 01 Nov 2013 11:22:07 CDT

Republican legislators have not given up the effort to reverse state retiree contract awards for 2014 Medicare Advantage plans. State Represenative Dan Brady of Bloomington, Senator Chapin Rose of Mahomet, and Representative Chad Hays of Catlin have filed bills to re-bid the contracts. They hope Urbana based Health Alliance will be on the list of providers. They contend Governor Pat Quinnís administration deliberately boxed out the insurer, forcing recipients to choose from four others. Some lawmakers criticized state officials in a legislative hearing last week, noting Health Alliance was the low bidder for Medicare Advantage contracts. The insurer was left out due to enrollment numbers. Hays calls that "absurd." He admits the measure would require quick action from the legislature and Governor Quinn, since retiree plans are due to take effect February 1st.

Hays says it's not certain the measures will get a vote before lawmakers adjourn the fall veto session Thursday.

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