Illinois Legislature

In this July 26, 2017 file photo, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks during a news conference at the state Capitol on July 26 in Springfield. Still struggling with budget problems and faced with new demands for cash, the Illinois General Assembly returns Tuesday for the first week of its fall session. Lawmakers will deal with re-establishing the Medicaid program for hospitals and could take up vetoes by Gov. Bruce Rauner on workers' compensation and minimum wage in addition to trying to ensure budget ends meet.

JUSTIN FOWLER, THE STATE JOURNAL-REGISTER VIA AP

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois' Medicaid patients will see a change in health care coverage Jan. 1.

The Department of Healthcare and Family Services has signed a $60 billion deal with seven insurers to cover nearly three million low-income clients.

Lawmakers have protested the way that Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration procured the deal. Chicago Democratic Rep. Greg Harris has convened a hearing Thursday in Chicago on the issue.

HFS spokesman John Hoffman says the agency followed the same proper process for such purchases as it has for decades.

Illinois spends $10.5 billion a year on Medicaid. It will pay about $15 billion annually starting next year but cover hundreds of thousands more.

And Hoffman says it will save up to $300 million a year because insurers agreed to be paid less by the state.

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