Illinois Medicaid Won't Cover Rare Transplant For Two Women, Including One From Olney
Crain's Chicago Business reports that the Illinois decision is based on a recommendation from an ethics panel convened to study the procedure, which involves transplanting the intestine and other organs. No Illinois hospitals perform the surgery, which is called a multi-visceral transplant.
Indiana University Health lobbied Illinois Medicaid to cover the transplants for 32-year-old Brandy Whitfield of Lombard and 67-year-old Barbara Sensney of Olney. Medicaid is a government health program for poor and disabled patients.
The surgeries were expected to cost more than $1 million each. IU Health's University Hospital in Indianapolis has performed 38 of the operations in four years.
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