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.
This is a detailed summary of the key budget and healthcare bills that IHA worked on this spring.
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.
Testimony to the Illinois Senate I and II Committees, given by David Gross, IHA Senior Vice President, Government Relations
Testimony to the Illinois House Appropriations-Human Service Committee, given by A.J. Wilhelmi, IHA President & CEO
IHA testimony to the Illinois House Appropriations-Human Services Committee re: Hospital Assessment Program Redesign
Map of Federal contribution per Medicaid beneficiary and State ranking chart
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.
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.
In the spring legislative session, IHA blocked proposals to cut Medicaid prodiver rates by $1 billion and increase the hospital assessment by $175 million. See IHA's summary of key bills.
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.
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.
Effective Jan. 1, 2016, the Human Trafficking Resource Center Notice Act requires hospital emergency rooms to post a public notice with human trafficking resources.
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.