SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois hospitals would be required to provide free care to some poor people under a bill being considered in Springfield.
Urban hospitals would have to provide free treatment to patients with incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. That’s about $46,000 for a family of four.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Winter Weather Advisories In Effect; Snow Arrives For Monday Morning Commute
Rural hospitals would have to give free care to patients with incomes below 125 percent of the poverty guidelines. That’s about $29,000 for a family of four.
Care would have to be medically necessary and patients would have to apply for assistance.READ MORE: Illinois State Departments, Driver Service Facilities Reopen Monday Weeks After COVID Surge
Opponents worry it would overburden hospitals with new patients.
The measure also would authorize Attorney General Lisa Madigan to adopt standards for the applications hospitals use for financial assistance.MORE NEWS: Police Issue Multiple Alerts Involving Robberies, Burglaries, Carjackings Across The City
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