Crespo Bill to Protect "Medically Fragile" Children Signed into Law
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- A bill introduced by State Rep. Fred Crespo, D-Hoffman Estates, was signed into law on Tuesday, August 21 by Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner. House Bill 4736 ensures that "medically fragile" children in Illinois continue to be covered by Medicaid rather than being moved into programs with high denial rates and decreased care.
Crespo passed the legislation on behalf of local residents Michelle Kish of Bartlett and Guilianna Soristo Anderson, whose complicated medical conditions classify them as medically fragile, but face decreased care under Rauner administration health care policies.
"House Bill 4736, in my opinion, is the most significant bill that I have worked on this year that has been signed into law, and the one I'm proudest of," Crespo said. "I want to thank Michelle Kish, Guilianna Anderson and their parents who brought the issue of their medical care to light and made this legislation possible."
Crespo led the charge to pass House Bill 4736, which exempts children who are Medically Fragile, Technology Dependent (MFTD), and children requiring Nursing Personal Care Services (NPCS) from the state's Medicaid Managed Care Program (MCO). Additionally, Crespo's new law allows children with severe medical conditions currently enrolled in the MCO program to unenroll and receive Medicaid services through the current fee-for-service plan. Roughly 1,000 medically fragile children in Illinois will benefit from this bill.
"Michelle and Guilianna are two of the strongest people I've met and I am glad that Illinois has done the right thing to protect the health care of our state's most at-risk children," Crespo said.
"Without this legislation, the biggest fear we have as parents is that we'll lose the ability to take care of our children at home," said Mary Kish, mother of Michelle Kish.