State Issues

IHA has a strong presence in Springfield, where we work with elected officials and policy makers in a bipartisan fashion to ensure that laws and regulations advance healthcare in Illinois.

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Jul 28, 2020

IHA Overview of General Assembly’s Spring 2020 Session

This document summarizes key bills IHA worked on in the session to ensure the best possible outcomes for the hospital community.

Jul 01, 2020

IHA Comprehensive Overview of General Assembly’s Spring 2020 Session

This report provides a detailed summary of the key bills that IHA worked on to ensure the best possible outcomes for the hospital community.

May 17, 2020

IHA Alert: Contact State Lawmakers Now to Pass Legislation Supporting Hospitals

The Illinois General Assembly will return to Springfield on Wednesday, May 20 for a special session.

May 11, 2020

IHA Letter to Legislative Leaders re: COVID-19 Requests

IHA urges legislative leaders to consider enacting several important COVID-19 related requests for hospitals and health systems.

Feb 17, 2020

IHA Alert: Contact Senators to Co-Sponsor SB3636

ANA-IL and IHA are supporting bipartisan legislation - The Nurse Staffing Improvement Act of 2020 - to strengthen the existing Nurse Staffing by Patient Acuity Act.

Oct 21, 2019

IHA Testimony on Regulation of Ethylene Oxide

This testimony was submitted to the Illinois House Energy & Environment Committee.

Aug 01, 2019

IHA Overview of General Assembly’s Spring 2019 Session

We are pleased to provide this detailed overview of the key bills that IHA worked on to ensure the best possible outcomes for the hospital community.

Jun 03, 2019

Technical Summary of Senate Bill 1321

On May 30, 2019, the General Assembly passed a Medicaid Omnibus Bill (SB1321) designed to stabilize Illinois’ Medicaid managed care program.

Jun 03, 2019

IHA Summary of Illinois General Assembly’s 2019 Spring Session

The General Assembly adjourned its spring session on June 2.  This summary provides an overview of the outcomes on our key issues.

May 29, 2019

Agreement on Medicaid Managed Care Reform Legislation (SB1321)

IHA is pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached on a comprehensive Medicaid managed care reform package.

Apr 17, 2019

Hospital Advocacy Day Materials

IHA has prepared talking points and background information for you to use when meeting with legislators on Tuesday.

Apr 15, 2019

Message from A.J. Wilhelmi re: Nurse Staffing Ratios

This is an update on the Nurse Staffing Ratios issue.
Apr 15, 2019

IHA Update on Mandatory Nurse Staffing Ratios

A brief overview of the legislative proposal on nurse staffing ratios (House Bill 2604).

Apr 12, 2019

Nurse Staffing Ratios - Meet Your Legislators During Legislative Spring Break

Meet with your state Representative and Senator when they are home in their districts over the next two weeks.

Apr 04, 2019

IHA Advocacy Toolkit

Urgent: Call/Meet with Your State Rep to Oppose Nurse Staffing Ratios (HB2604)

Apr 02, 2019

IHA Resources re: Opposing Mandatory Nurse Staffing Ratios

The following resource documents reference opposing mandatory nurse staffing ratios.

Apr 02, 2019

IHA Position Paper: Oppose House Bill 123, House Amendment 1

This bill increases regulatory burdens and costs for healthcare projects, makes the process less predictable, and undermines confidence in the health planning program.

Mar 28, 2019

IHA Position Paper: Investing for Healthy Communities

To achieve the vision of a healthy Illinois, $500 million in State capital funds should be invested in hospitals that need to transform their aging facilities.

Mar 28, 2019

IHA Fact Sheet: Hospital Transformation Capital Program

To improve the health and well-being of every Illinoisan, the State must invest in its healthcare infrastructure.

Mar 22, 2019

Oppose Nurse Staffing Ratios - Key Committee Vote March 27

The issue of mandatory nurse staffing ratios is headed to a key vote in the General Assembly on March 27. It is critical that the hospital community keep up the pressure and oppose House Bill 2604.

Mar 15, 2019

Step Up Opposition to Mandatory Nurse Staffing Ratios

National Nurses United, the powerful union that successfully pushed for nurse staffing ratios in California, is now backing HB3585.

Mar 11, 2019

IHA Hospital Advocacy Day

As part of our ongoing advocacy efforts, IHA will hold a special Hospital Advocacy Day in Springfield on Tuesday, April 30.

Mar 08, 2019

Governor Signs SB1469: Critical Access Hospital Funding/Hospital Sales Tax Exemption

Gov. J.B. Pritzker today signed IHA-backed legislation, Senate Bill 1469 (PA100-1181), at Ferrell Hospital in Eldorado.

Feb 26, 2019

IHA Summary of Governor’s FY2020 Budget Proposal

The Governor’s FY2020 budget proposal does not contain any Medicaid rate or eligibility reductions.

Feb 26, 2019

Oppose Mandatory Nurse Staffing Ratios Legislation

Several bills have been introduced in the Illinois General Assembly requiring mandatory nurse staffing ratios in hospitals.
Feb 22, 2019

IHA Opposes House Bill 3585: Mandatory Nurse Staffing Ratios

HB 3585 is overreaching, harmful and excessive and will be a major barrier to hospitals and health systems transforming healthcare to best serve their patients and communities.

Feb 19, 2019

Urge Legislators to Sponsor Medicaid Managed Care Reform

A comprehensive legislative package of Medicaid managed care reform bills developed and strongly backed by IHA was introduced in the Illinois General Assembly.  

Feb 15, 2019

IHA State Advocacy Agenda 2019

IHA’s 2019 State Advocacy Agenda—Healthy Communities—outlines nine principle healthcare policy issues, including Medicaid Managed Care oversight and an adequately funded State budget.

Nov 28, 2018

IHA Summary: Illinois General Assembly's Veto Session

The General Assembly took final action on several important hospital issues that IHA strongly advocated for during the  Veto Session.

Nov 07, 2018

2018 Election Recap

IHA’s memo summarizes key results from the Nov. 6 election.

Aug 30, 2018

IHA Overview of General Assembly's Spring 2018 Session

This is a detailed summary of the key budget and healthcare bills that IHA worked on this spring.

Jun 01, 2018

General Assembly Passes State Budget with No Medicaid Cuts

The Illinois General Assembly adjourned after passing the state budget for FY2019 without any Medicaid rate cuts, and with a five-year renewal of the tax credit for investor-owned hospitals.

May 09, 2018

IHA Testimony on FY2019 State Budget

Testimony to the Illinois Senate I and II Committees, given by David Gross, IHA Senior Vice President, Government Relations

Feb 13, 2018

IHA Testimony on Hospital Assessment Redesign

Testimony to the Illinois House Appropriations-Human Service Committee, given by A.J. Wilhelmi, IHA President & CEO

Jan 30, 2018

Hospital Assessment Program Testimony

IHA testimony to the Illinois House Appropriations-Human Services Committee re: Hospital Assessment Program Redesign

Jan 17, 2018

Illinois is Getting Shortchanged

Map of Federal contribution per Medicaid beneficiary and State ranking chart

Dec 04, 2017

IL House Mental Health Committee Testimony

IHA urged state officials to ensure health plans are fully complying with parity laws. IHA supports legislation to increase transparency of health plan practices and improve parity law enforcement.

Nov 07, 2017

House Bill 4100 Testimony

In public testimony, IHA expressed the commitment of the hospital community to address workplace safety issues in the wake of incidents of violence involving nurses. 

Mar 24, 2020

State Telehealth Coverage and Reimbursement Announcements

An Executive Order issued March 19 requires commercial insurers to cover costs of all clinically appropriate, medically necessary telehealth services rendered by in-network providers.

Mar 06, 2020

IHA Summary: Governor’s FY2021 Budget Proposal

This memo provides a detailed overview of Governor J.B. Pritzker’s FY2021 state budget proposal.

Feb 12, 2020

$50 Million Broadband Investment Encourages Hospital Partnership

The state has released funding for the first round of matching grants of Connect Illinois for statewide broadband expansion.

Feb 06, 2020

Raising Awareness About 2020 Census – How Hospitals Can Help

IHA is working with Cook County and the state of Illinois to raise public awareness about the importance of residents completing the 2020 Census for a full and accurate count.

Dec 09, 2019

IHA Comment Letter re: Medicaid MCO Dispute Resolution Process

IHA requests that HFS clarify submission and documentation requirements and resolution timeframes and ensure balance between the rights of MCOs and providers.

Apr 03, 2019

Potential Impact of Banning Ethylene Oxide on Access to Healthcare Policy

Policy must strike a careful balance between the appropriate regulation of EtO and patients’ access to sterile medical supplies.

Mar 05, 2019

IDPH Adopts Rules Updating Lead Poisoning Testing and Reporting

IDPH adopted rules to implement PA 98-690.

Oct 10, 2018

Emergency Rules on Healthcare Worker Flu Vaccinations

IDPH has issued emergency rules concerning a healthcare worker’s ability to refuse an influenza vaccination.

Sep 11, 2018

New Hospital Requirements in Healthcare Violence Prevention

This memo highlights major components and requirements of a new state law that takes effect Jan. 1, 2019.

Sep 05, 2017

HIV Testing Changes

Two new laws make the following changes—updating required HIV testing for pregnant women and outlining the home health and health services referral policy for healthcare providers.

Nov 18, 2016

Health Care Right of Conscience Act Changes

Changes to the Health Care Right of Conscience Act (PA 99-0690) require healthcare facilities to develop protocols to ensure conscience-based objections are handled in a timely manner.

Feb 10, 2016

Human Trafficking Notice

Effective Jan. 1, 2016, the Human Trafficking Resource Center Notice Act requires hospital emergency rooms to post a public notice with human trafficking resources.

Jul 30, 2015

AIDS Confidentiality Act Changes

An amendment of the Illinois AIDS Confidentiality Act clarifies and streamlines procedural and documentation requirements for obtaining informed consent for HIV testing in healthcare facilities.