Rauner vetoes Medicaid purchase plan as duplicative
SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed legislation that would require a more rigorous competitive search for managed-care organizations to administer health care for the Medicaid population.
The Republican governor said in a veto message Friday that his administration did conduct a five-month “competitive, transparent process.”
Rauner plans to shift hundreds of thousands of Medicaid patients to managed-care organizations. The Democratic comptroller’s office says they will cost $27 billion through 2021.
Democrats say the contracts should be put through the stiffer Illinois Procurement Code process.
Rauner says the legislation would require duplicative measures and would prevent nearly $1 billion in health care cost-savings.
Sen. Dave Koehler is the Peoria Democrat who sponsored the measure. He says he plans to attempt an override.