In the Dark-Updated
And even though the Governor is set to address us on this issue in a few hours, to date, I have still received nothing from his office. So let me tell you how heartening it is that I get to read in the Journal-Register this morning that while legislators' requests have gone unanswered, the press was given a draft copy of the bill.
But when the subsequent article is titled, All Kids Bill is Sketchy, I don't know that that was quite the coverage they were hoping for:
Draft legislation authorizing All Kids is 20 pages long, with nine pages actually devoted to the highly publicized initiative to ensure that all of Illinois' children have health insurance...And apparently, this is how the process works down here now. As I've previously said, for a number of reasons, I will very likely vote for this bill, but could they let us do it with some sense of confidence and knowledge about what we are voting on?
But specific premiums, co-payments and co-insurance are not spelled out, with the draft bill stating that the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services will determine them according to a scale based on family income...
The draft says nothing about how the switch from a fee-for-service Medicaid system to a managed-care system will work. That, too, will be determined later through a rule-making process.
A Blagojevich spokeswoman, Abby Ottenhoff, said, "That's how managed care is implemented."
And don't even get me started on the ethics stuff.
Well you gotta love this...according to the SJ-R article, All Kids is an amendment to HB806. And online, I can see that indeed an Amendment 3 was filed to HB806 today by President Jones, but...you guessed it, as a floor amendment, you still can't get the language online.
And as I sit here on the House floor, there's not a Teleprompter in sight. Don't know if this is going to make things better or worse. We'll find out.