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Medicare unveils far-reaching overhaul of doctors' pay

A sign supporting Medicare is shown on Capitol Hill in Washington. Medicare on Friday unveiled a far-reaching overhaul of how it pays doctors and other clinicians. Compensation for medical professionals will start taking into account the quality of service, not just quantity.

CHICAGO — Illinois has received a $1.3 million federal grant aimed at enforcing laws that require health insurance companies to cover mental health and addiction treatment.

The Illinois Department of Insurance says a portion of the grant will strengthen its data tracking and consumer complaint analysis. The grant will support education for consumers on how they can appeal decisions made by health insurers.

The department's acting director, Anne Melissa Dowling, says the money will help her department raise awareness about its consumer services.

The department plans to work with health insurers, consumers and health care providers to make sure that compliance with mental health parity laws is understood and achieved.

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