Not as advertised: Lawmakers, patients place responsibility for diminished retiree health care access ‘at the feet of the state’

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WCIA) — For the first time in a decade, and the second time ever, the Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) is in the bidding process to select a handful of health insurance plans for retired state workers enrolled in Illinois’ Medicare Advantage program. The new contracts — CMS expects to finalize by October open enrollment — are under consideration at a time when seniors enrolled in an existing plan through Aetna lost access to their doctors, and are delaying critical care and seeing unexpected medical bills.

That snowballed when Carle Health and Aetna Medicare terminated a

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