A detailed overview of key bills/issues that IHA worked on during the General Assembly’s Spring 2021 session to ensure the best possible outcomes for the hospital community.
IHA and the Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network (ICAHN) sent a joint letter to the Illinois Department of Insurance outlining our concerns with UnitedHealthcare’s proposed benefit change.
This memo summarizes recent state legislation to reform clinical and reimbursement policies implemented by commercial health insurance issuers and Medicaid MCOs.
This memo summarizes recent state legislation intended to strengthen the existing Nurse Staffing by Patient Acuity Act.
This memo summarizes recent state legislation intended to advance health equity by improving access to care for low-income and uninsured individuals.
On May 30 and 31, groundbreaking telehealth legislation passed unanimously in the Senate and the House respectively, and will be sent to the Governor.
This is a brief overview of the key legislative achievements of IHA and the hospital community in the Spring legislative session.
IHA is pleased to report that an agreement has been reached on groundbreaking telehealth legislation (HB 3308/SCA 1).
Ask state legislators to urge their legislative leaders and state budgeteers to repeal the FY2013 SMART Act cuts to hospitals.
Illinois hospitals have absorbed more than $800 million in reductions from 3.5% Medicaid rate cuts under the SMART Act passed in 2012.
The Illinois Senate Insurance Committee will hold a hearing on House Bill 3498 on Wednesday, May 19. Please urge the Senate Committee to pass the telehealth bill.
On April 23, the Illinois House voted 110-0 to pass and send to the Senate major telehealth legislation strongly supported by the Coalition to Protect Telehealth.
The Illinois House is poised to vote on HB3657, legislation strongly opposed by IHA that would make significant and onerous changes to the CON process.
HB3657 attempts to make changes to the CON process that will discourage healthcare transformation and result in more service line and hospital closures.
House Bill 2642 is posted for two hearings of the House Labor and Commerce Committee, Wednesday at 12 p.m. and Friday at 8 a.m., with the Committee facing a Friday deadline to move bills.
Proponents of mandatory nurse staffing ratios have again introduced legislation (House Bill 3871), strongly opposed by IHA and American Nurses Association-Illinois.
As a result of obtaining several important concessions from the bill sponsors and proponents, IHA has withdrawn its opposition to the legislation.
IHA is strongly supporting legislation to reform the unfair policies and practices of the Medicaid Managed Care Organizations and state-regulated commercial health plans (Senate Bills 2006 and 177).
IHA urges the General Assembly to enact the practical reforms in Senate Bill 2006, grounded by three key principles—transparency, standardization, and accountability.
IHA urges the General Assembly to exercise its critical oversight authority by supporting initiatives in SB 2006 to improve transparency, standardization and accountability in the state’s MCOs.
In an effort to improve quality and patient safety at hospitals, ANA-IL and IHA are supporting bipartisan legislation–SB2153–to strengthen the existing Nurse Staffing by Patient Acuity Act.
See IHA's fact sheet on House Bill 3498 to Protect Access to Telehealth, sponsored by Rep. Deb Conroy, Leader Greg Harris, Rep. Norine Hammond, Rep. Ryan Spain and Rep. Bob Morgan.
This memo provides details on the Governor’s FY2022 budget proposal, which does not include any Medicaid eligibility, service or rate reductions.
We ask state legislators to urge Governor Pritzker to veto House Bill 3360, which would undermine the civil justice system and harm patients, hospitals and healthcare.
Comprehensive legislation has been introduced to address concerns about bureaucratic delays caused by prior authorization processes.
The Your Care Can’t Wait Coalition, a group of healthcare and patient advocacy organizations including IHA, announced their support of the Prior Authorization Reform Act.
This document summarizes the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus’ Health Care Pillar legislation to be considered in the Spring session.
IHA and the Illinois hospital community want to thank Representative Greg Harris, Senator Heather Steans, and HFS Director Theresa Eagleson for their leadership in moving this legislation forward.
IHA congratulates State Representative Emanuel “Chris” Welch on his historic election as Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives for the 102nd General Assembly.
On Jan. 13, the outgoing 101st General Assembly adjourned its "lame duck" session. See an IHA summary of several critical issues of importance to the hospital community.
IHA commends the bill’s sponsors for efforts to address important healthcare issues and for including many of IHA’s recommendations in HB3840 as amended. We urge a Yes vote on HB3840 as amended.
IHA commends efforts to address important healthcare issues but cannot support the bill as currently amended due to the inclusion of an unworkable moratorium on hospital and service line closures.
IHA released a state position paper on House Bill 5548 House Amendment 1 / House Bill 3840 Senate Amendment 1.
IHA has summarized key provsions of the Health and Human Services Reform Act, which covers issues including COVID-19 data reporting, implicit bias education and Medicaid Managed Care Organizations.
Members of the General Assembly’s Black Caucus introduced companion bills calling for major healthcare system/Medicaid program changes: HA 1 to HB 5548 and SA 1 to HB 3840.
In one of the most contentious and closely watched elections in recent memory, IHA has been closely tracking key local, state and national races from Nov. 3, 2020.
IHA urges support of a proposed constitutional amendment for a graduated income tax, allowing the state to impose higher tax rates on those with higher incomes.
The Coalition to Protect Our Telehealth sent a joint letter to all members of the General Assembly and key officials in the Administration urging them to protect coverage to innovative telehealth.
The Coalition to Protect Our Telehealth, which includes IHA, urges the General Assembly to protect telehealth approaches so Illinoisans can continue to safely access needed care beyond COVID-19.
This document summarizes key bills IHA worked on in the session to ensure the best possible outcomes for the hospital community.
This report provides a detailed summary of the key bills that IHA worked on to ensure the best possible outcomes for the hospital community.
The Illinois General Assembly will return to Springfield on Wednesday, May 20 for a special session.
IHA urges legislative leaders to consider enacting several important COVID-19 related requests for hospitals and health systems.
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.
This testimony was submitted to the Illinois House Energy & Environment Committee.
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.
On May 30, 2019, the General Assembly passed a Medicaid Omnibus Bill (SB1321) designed to stabilize Illinois’ Medicaid managed care program.
The General Assembly adjourned its spring session on June 2. This summary provides an overview of the outcomes on our key issues.
IHA is pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached on a comprehensive Medicaid managed care reform package.
IHA has prepared talking points and background information for you to use when meeting with legislators on Tuesday.
A brief overview of the legislative proposal on nurse staffing ratios (House Bill 2604).
Meet with your state Representative and Senator when they are home in their districts over the next two weeks.
Urgent: Call/Meet with Your State Rep to Oppose Nurse Staffing Ratios (HB2604)
The following resource documents reference opposing mandatory nurse staffing ratios.
This bill increases regulatory burdens and costs for healthcare projects, makes the process less predictable, and undermines confidence in the health planning program.
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.
To improve the health and well-being of every Illinoisan, the State must invest in its healthcare infrastructure.
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.
National Nurses United, the powerful union that successfully pushed for nurse staffing ratios in California, is now backing HB3585.
As part of our ongoing advocacy efforts, IHA will hold a special Hospital Advocacy Day in Springfield on Tuesday, April 30.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker today signed IHA-backed legislation, Senate Bill 1469 (PA100-1181), at Ferrell Hospital in Eldorado.
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.
A comprehensive legislative package of Medicaid managed care reform bills developed and strongly backed by IHA was introduced in the Illinois General Assembly.
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.