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Medicaid’s balancing act
Modern Healthcare

For four months, an Indianapolis hospital has put Illinois Medicaid on the spot. It wants the state’s health care program for low-income patients to pay for multi-organ transplants for two women, risky and rare operations that can cost as much as $1 million.

Approving the transplants could improve the lives of the Illinois women, though perhaps only temporarily: About 40 percent of patients who receive a new intestine, which both women need, don’t survive past five years.

Saying yes also would push financially strapped Illinois Medicaid closer to the brink and could deprive others of treatment.

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