Even though state insurance contracts have been signed, two area legislators want to see if there's a chance to add a local insurer.
Mike Claffey, spokesman for the Illinois Department of Central Management Services, said Wednesday afternoon that contracts have been signed with the four companies that won bids to provide Medicare Advantage plans for state retirees.
Earlier Wednesday, state Sen. Chapin Rose said time is running out to try and get Urbana-based Health Alliance added as a provider.
The comments from Rose, R-Mahomet, came after he filed a resolution in the Senate seeking a rebidding process to allow for a regional HMO provider under the Medicare Advantage program. A similar resolution was filed in the House by Rep. Chad Hays, R-Catlin.
Rose said the plan could give Health Alliance a chance to re-bid and possibly be added as a provider in the Medicare Advantage program. He said Governor Pat Quinn has the authority to seek a new round of bids for the program, but he has to act soon.