SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) raised concerns following the transition of DCFS children with complex needs into the Medicaid managed care form Wednesday.

Days after nearly 19,000 adopted children and former foster children transitioned to Medicaid managed care, an estimated 2,500 were affected by a glitch that has left them without insurance since Saturday.

The Senate Human Services committee held a hearing Tuesday to address concerns with the oversight of Medicaid managed care agencies in hopes to find a solution.

“There is a lack of communication with the agencies and it’s being taken out on the families,” Senator Bennett said. “We need to ensure these individuals have access to the health care they need and are kept informed – we have to stay aggressive to get this resolved.”

For health care coverage inquiries and dispute resolution, Bennett urges residents to call the Illinois DCFS Advocacy Office for Children and Families at 800-232-3798 or 217-524-2029, fax 217-557-7278 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To verify that your provider is part of the YouthCare network, call 844-289-2264 and ask for the Rapid Response Team or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For general questions, contact YouthCare at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Illinois DCFS at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For any additional questions, Bennett encourages residents to contact his office at 217-782-2507.

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SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) is thrilled to hear Gov. JB Pritzker’s commitment to improving early childhood education in Illinois during the State of the State address on Wednesday.

“I was pleased to hear the governor’s plans to invest in early childhood education and college affordability initiatives,” said Senator Bennett. “College has never been more expensive and much work remains for all involved—everyone can agree on that, regardless of political affiliation. Under the governor’s leadership, I look forward to joining my fellow lawmakers to continue the fight to improve college access, affordability and completion for everyone in Illinois.”

The governor outlined his priorities to build upon a skilled workforce and expand vocational training and career and technical education, in addition to making college more affordable.

“Our state accomplished a lot in 2019 under Gov. Pritzker’s leadership, but there is still work to be done,” said Senator Bennett.

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SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) applauded the governor’s signage of legislation which caps co-payments for insulin to $100 per month for all patients regardless of the supply they require.

“The price of this lifesaving drug has tripled in the past decade,” Bennett, a co-sponsor of the measure, said. “This new law stands up to corporate greed and ensures diabetics are no longer paying exploitative prices for a medication they cannot live without.”

The new law makes Illinois the second state in the country to cap out-of-pocket insulin expenses. The cap applies to commercial insurance plans regulated by the state and increases annually based on data from the Department of Insurance, the Department of Human Services and the Department of Healthcare and Family Services. The data will include findings on insulin pricing practices and recommendations to control and prevent overpricing of prescription insulin drugs.  

“I am pleased that one component of combatting high prescription drug prices is being addressed in this bill, but I am eager to work with my colleagues to continue the fight to reform prescription drug pricing and out-of-pocket costs,” Bennett said.

State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) is the lead sponsor of the legislation.

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CHAMPAIGN – Eight local school districts will receive more than $18,000 combined in grants through the Illinois secretary of state’s School Library Grant program, Senator Scott Bennett announced Wednesday.

The grants, which are issued by the Illinois State Library, are meant to help public schools offer more library books and materials to students.

“Fostering early reading and literacy skills in our youth is necessary for a child’s future success,” Bennett, a Champaign Democrat said. “I’m thrilled to announce these grants, as they are critical for central Illinois school libraries to continue to support learning and the development of literacy, creativity and critical thinking.”

Schools receiving school library grants include:

• Salt Fork School District #512 - $750.00
• Champaign CUSD #4 - $7,253.25
• Danville Community Consolidated School District #118 - $3,840.00
• Oakwood Community Unit School District #76 - $750.00
• Rantoul City Schools district #137 - $1,194.00
• Rantoul Township High School District 193 - $750.00
• Urbana School District #116 - $3,138.75
• Westville Community Unit School District #2 - $954.00

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