The federal government has agreed to match billions of dollars in Medicaid funding for Illinois hospitals around the state.

The Illinois Attorney General's Office is working with state lawmakers to draft legislation that would require hospitals to have a specially trained medical provider available to examine a sexual assault victim.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a Medicaid funding plan that changes the way hospitals are reimbursed for treating low-income patients.

The Illinois Senate has OK'd a revised Medicaid funding plan for hospitals. 

State records show that the flu season in Illinois appears to be peaking early this year.

Next year the state will have a new way to dispose of dead bodies where no next of kin is found or families don’t have the means to pay for a burial… and it could benefit students.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois Comptroller says increased revenues coming into the state during tax season have allowed her to release more than $800 million in payments for health care services. 

UICOMP Fourth Year Students React to 'Match Day' Reveal

Mar 17, 2017
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Fourth year medical students anxiously ripped into envelopes during Match Day in Peoria and across the country on Fri. It’s a hallmark stop on their medical career journey, as students learn where they’ll spend residency after graduation.

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Area hospitals are asking people to voluntarily limit their hospital visits.

The request is based on data from the Peoria City/County Health Department that indicates more flu activity throughout the region. The guidance for limiting hospital visits includes those who are not feeling well or have experienced flu-like symptoms in the last seven days.

Hospital visitors should also be at least 18 years old. The idea is to limit patient exposure to children who have a higher risk for transmitting viral infections.

HSHS St. John's Hospital

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois owes Springfield's two largest hospitals $76 million for the care of state workers, retirees and dependents, an amount that continues to grow due to the state's budget impasse. Memorial Medical Center is owed $46.3 million from the State Employees' Group Health Insurance Program. The hospital also is owed $10.9 million in Medicaid bills. 

Chief Executive Officer Edgar Curtis says the not-for-profit hospital isn't going to lay off any workers, freeze hiring or downsize any programs that affect patients.

An Illinois health care system plans to appeal a court ruling involving whether hospitals should pay taxes.  Urbana-based Carle health system says it will appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court before a Feb. 9 deadline. 

Fifty hospitals in the rural United States have closed since 2010, and the pace has been accelerating.

Two influential hospital organizations in Illinois are planning to merge into one entity by the end of the year.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's first budget proposal seeks $1.5 billion in cuts to Medicaid. The way he gets there shows he's willing to go toe-to-toe with three powerful business lobbies: retail pharmacies, nursing homes and hospitals. 

Hospitals across Illinois will receive $400 million in federal funding under the Affordable Care Act. 

Area hospitals requesting visit limits

Jan 12, 2015

Area hospitals are asking people to limit visits during the heightened part of the flu season.  

Il launching Ebola hotline

Oct 16, 2014

Illinois is launching an Ebola Hotline. The Illinois Department of Public Health made the announcement after word of another health care worker in Texas testing positive for Ebola. The hotline’s expected to be up and running by the end of the week.