(Chicago, IL) — Illinois’ new plan to pay hospitals in the state based on the number of people they treat is not set in stone despite the governor’s signature. Governor Bruce Rauner yesterday signed Illinois’ new Medicaid assessment. The plan changes how the state both taxes and pays hospitals for Medicaid patients. The big change is that dollars will now follow patients. But federal Medicaid managers still have to okay the changes and that could take months. The state’s old payment schedule expires in July.