Senate moves to override governor’s veto of SB 321

SPRINGFIELD — Taxpayers and Medicaid recipients would benefit from a measure sponsored by State Senator Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines) that would provide increased transparency to the Department of Healthcare and Family Services Medicaid managed care program. The Senate voted to override the governor’s veto of this legislation today.  

Senator Murphy advocates for her legislation on the Senate floor“The governor attempted to put a multibillion dollar industry before the needs of taxpayers and Medicaid recipients,” Murphy said. “This legislation works to ensure that contractual requirements are met by Medicaid managed care organizations, that the program runs cost-effectively and that participants receive the best care possible.”

Senate Bill 321 would require the auditor general to audit the Department of Healthcare and Family Services Medicaid managed care program. Performance audits can only be conducted at the request of the General Assembly or the Audit Commission and generally take one year to complete. The auditor general completes financial audits yearly and compliance audits every two years for most agencies.

“The governor claims that a performance audit is ‘expensive’ and ‘unnecessary,’” Murphy said. “I believe that transparency and ensuring our tax dollars are being properly spent is worth the cost of investigating. It is absurd that a governor that declares that Illinois is ‘broken’ is unwilling to investigate if one of its largest contracts is running properly.”

Senate Bill 321 now moves to the House for further consideration.

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