* Hard to argue with this…
Cook County’s public guardian asked a federal judge to stop state officials from changing the health care coverage for 36,000 Illinoisans currently or formerly in foster care, saying the move would violate a decades-old consent decree designed to improve care for the state’s most vulnerable kids.
Cook County Public Guardian Charles Golbert on Wednesday sent a letter to U.S. District Judge Jorge Alonso, alleging the coming transition of 17,100 foster children and 18,800 former youth in care from traditional fee-for-service Medicaid to Medicaid managed care on Nov. 1 would violate a 1991 federal order governing the Department of Children and Family Services. […]
Golbert said a too-fast rollout of the transition would be “in bald violation of DCFS’s promises to the children under the consent decree.”
“It is clear that DCFS’s scheme to precipitously dump tens of thousands of children and youth into the MCO on November 1 is being done without adequate thought or planning,” Golbert wrote. “It is equally clear that this dump will result in wholesale violations of the children’s rights to health care under the consent decree.”
I just don’t get the rush to do this. Thank goodness for Hannah Meisel’s reporting.