On April 1, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn visited the Illinois Eye Institute, the state's largest provider of vision and eye care services and a safety net for Chicago’s neediest residents. Several IEI doctors and Illinois College of Optometry students joined Illinois Optometric Association representatives in talking to Gov. Quinn about the recent changes to Medicaid, noting that the program needs to work for all Illinois residents. The SMART Act was recently passed by the governor to help make Medicaid more sustainable so that low-income individuals and families in Illinois can continue to receive health care. Currently, there is a great number of vulnerable Illinois residents who are without the health care insurance they deserve because they are confused about the re-enrollment process.
“I had the opportunity today to tour the Illinois Eye Institute, a clinic on Chicago's South Side that plays a critical role in providing eye care to Illinois Medicaid patients," said Gov. Quinn. "During the visit I saw firsthand the critical Medicaid services they provide to some of our most vulnerable citizens. My administration has worked very hard to put the Medicaid program on sound footing so that it is there to serve those who need it most.”