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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City sues state over health-care law that allows denial of care

Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein is suing the state of Ohio over a 2021 law known as the “conscience clause,” which provides medical professionals legal protections from patients and health-care employers for denying any care or treatment that violates their conscience or religious beliefs.

Critics of the law say it will allow doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other health-care providers to deny certain vaccines, birth control, blood transfusions or blood products, treatments or counselling for HIV/AIDS and transgender individuals, and potentially any medical care to which a provider may be personally opposed. 

In a lawsuit filed in Franklin County Common Pleas

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