Important Update on Change Healthcare Cyberattack and Its Impact on Our Participant Families

February 26th, 2024

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We are working with our state and provider partners to try to ensure there is no impact on our participants’ care.

Late last week, we learned of a cyberattack affecting Change Healthcare.

We want to share how this event may impact our participant families. We also want to explain the steps that are in place to try to ensure there is no impact on your child’s care.  

Change Healthcare/Optum is the database that the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) uses to manage pharmacy claims. Please see the following communication from HFS at

In addition to the impact on the pharmacy system, this cyberattack also affects some billing processes. Home nursing agencies use Change Healthcare’s system to electronically submit their bills for payment. 

We have sent communication to the home nursing agencies who use electronic bills and put an alternative method of bill submission into place. This should not create any disruption in the nursing agencies’ ability to provide services in the home.

Lastly, our Division of Specialized Care for Children (DSCC) team is here to support your family with any issues you may experience. 

If you have any concerns or need assistance, please reach out to your assigned DSCC Care Coordinator. We are happy to help you.