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Hospital Engagement Action and Leadership

2023 Chicago HEAL Initiative

Launched four years ago, the Hospital Engagement Action and Leadership (HEAL) initiative reflects the commitment of 10 leading hospitals serving Chicago. These hospitals answered the call from U.S. Sen. Richard J. Durbin to engage communities experiencing the highest rates of violence, poverty and inequality. By several measures, HEAL has produced significant results.

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  • Sep 29, 2023
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IHA Daily Briefing: Sept. 29

IHA Advocacy Letter on Lower Costs, More Transparency Act

  • Sep 29, 2023
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Pritzker touts Illinois pot legalization as model for other states

Since marijuana was legalized in the state in 2020, pot shops have brought in more than $669 million in sales and added more than 30,000 jobs. CNN

  • Sep 29, 2023
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The US has a mental health crisis that could undermine our democracy, US surgeons general say

Suicide is one of the leading causes of premature death in the United States, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CNN

2023 Federal Advocacy Agenda

Lawyers on Steps

Illinois hospitals contribute $108 billion to the state economy every year, yet half of Illinois' 213 hospitals operate on negative or low operating margins. Hospitals and health systems face intense financial pressures as expenses increase. IHA's 2023 Federal Advocacy Agenda spotlights these challenges while advocating for policies that promote hospital financial stability, resiliency and transformation. Federal support of these three pillars will help strengthen hospitals as they serve communities. 

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