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Senate passes sweeping tax, climate package after marathon vote; Harris breaks tie

Senate Democrats have passed their sweeping tax, health care and climate change legislation after a marathon night of voting, with Vice President Harris casting the decisive vote. The Hill

Senate passes sweeping tax, climate package after marathon vote; Harris breaks tie

News Articles

  • Aug 08, 2022
  • News from the Web

Inflation hikes causing delayed care for minorities: poll

Nearly 60% of Black and Latino households and about 70% of Native American households said recent price increases caused them serious financial problems. AXIOS

  • Aug 08, 2022
  • News from the Web

CDC: Limit sexual partners to avoid monkeypox

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued updated guidance Friday recommending that people limit their sexual partners while waiting to get vaccinated against monkeypox. AXIOS

  • Aug 08, 2022
  • News from the Web

In a massive victory for Democrats, Medicare is poised to negotiate drug prices

After two decades, Democrats are finally on track to break the firewall between the pharmaceutical industry and the Medicare program. STAT

  • Aug 08, 2022
  • News from the Web

Patients and doctors trapped in a gray zone when abortion laws and emergency care mandate conflict

Since the Supreme Court erased the constitutional right to abortion in June, certain cases put doctors in an impossible position — squeezing doctors between anti-abortion laws and EMTALA. KHN

  • Aug 08, 2022
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Aug. 8

Senate Passes Democratic Reconciliation Bill

  • Aug 05, 2022
  • News from the Web

Illinois increases Medicaid reimbursement for abortion services, funding for reproductive health

Illinois is increasing Medicaid reimbursement rates for abortion services and expanding Title X funding for family planning and reproductive health service providers across the state. WSIL

  • Aug 05, 2022
  • News from the Web

Abortion, COVID-19, monkeypox all on new state health chief’s rounds

Confronted with an ongoing pandemic, an emerging viral outbreak and bans on abortion in neighboring states, Illinois’ new top doctor acknowledged “the weight of these challenges.” Chicago Sun-Times

  • Aug 05, 2022
  • News from the Web

Eli Lilly’s Covid-19 antibody treatment to be sold commercially

Eli Lilly & Co. said it plans to begin commercial sales of its Covid-19 monoclonal antibody treatment to states, hospitals and other healthcare providers this month. The Wall Street Journal

  • Aug 05, 2022
  • News from the Web

Senate will take up Democrats' tax, climate and health bill on Saturday, Schumer says

Senate Democrats' massive bill to address climate change, taxes, health care and inflation will move forward in the Senate on Saturday afternoon, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced Thursday. WUIS

  • Aug 05, 2022
  • News from the Web

US declares public health emergency over monkeypox outbreak

The federal government declared a public health emergency Thursday to bolster the response to the monkeypox outbreak that has infected more than 7,100 Americans. AP

  • Aug 05, 2022
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Aug. 5

DHS Publishes ‘988’ Frequently Asked Questions

  • Aug 04, 2022
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Aug. 4

Antibiotic Stewardship Program for Hospitals, LTCFs

  • Aug 04, 2022
  • News from the Web

Biden issues second executive order to protect abortion access

President Biden on Wednesday issued an executive order to protect people's ability to travel out of state to access abortion. The order directs HHS to "consider action to advance access." AXIOS

  • Aug 04, 2022
  • News from the Web

When mental illness leads to dropped charges, patients often go without stabilizing care

In the U.S., criminal proceedings are halted if a defendant is determined to be incompetent. What happens after that varies from state to state. KHN

  • Aug 04, 2022
  • News from the Web

CDC expected to ease Covid-19 recommendations, including for schools, as soon as this week

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to update its guidance for Covid-19 control in the community, including in schools, in the coming days. WSIL

  • Aug 04, 2022
  • News from the Web

Patient safety advocate cheers CMS reversal on quality reporting, hospitals say the data aren't good

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has pulled back on plans to pause public reporting on certain hospital safety data in the wake of pushback from patient safety advocates. Fierce Healthcare

  • Aug 04, 2022
  • News from the Web

Medical groups urge Congress to reauthorize program to improve physician workforce shortage

Medical groups urged Congress to pass the Conrad State 30 and Physician Access Reauthorization Act, which incentivizes foreign physicians to serve in underserved communities. Becker’s Hospital Review

  • Aug 03, 2022
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Aug. 3

Register: IHA Offers Medicare Boot Camp – UR Version

  • Aug 03, 2022
  • News from the Web

IAMHP and state legislators address maternity care disparities

In the recent state legislative session, two bills were passed that will favorably affect access to, and quality of, maternity care for Illinois Medicaid members. Chicago Defender

  • Aug 03, 2022
  • News from the Web

Abortions in Illinois for out-of-state patients have skyrocketed

Hundreds more out-of-state patients are having abortions at Planned Parenthood clinics in Illinois and wait times to schedule the procedure in southern Illinois have spiked. Chicago Tribune

  • Aug 03, 2022
  • News from the Web

White House names FEMA’s Fenton as monkeypox coordinator

The White House named Robert J. Fenton Jr. as coordinator of the nation’s monkeypox response amid a surging epidemic that has prompted three states to declare health emergencies. The Washington Post

  • Aug 03, 2022
  • News from the Web

Number of uninsured Americans drops to record low

The number of people living in America without health insurance coverage hit an all-time low of 8 percent this year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday. AP

  • Aug 03, 2022
  • News from the Web

Biden will order HHS to consider using Medicaid for women seeking abortions across state line

President Biden on Wednesday will sign an executive order directing HHS to consider using Medicaid to pay for expenses for those who cross state lines to seek abortions. The Hill

  • Aug 02, 2022
  • News from the Web

Gov. Pritzker declares Monkeypox a public health emergency

Governor Pritzker issued a proclamation Monday declaring the monkeypox virus a public health emergency. He also declared the state of Illinois a disaster area regarding the disease. WSIL

  • Aug 02, 2022
  • News from the Web

More than $23.8 million for Illinois health care

Millions of dollars are going toward health care in Illinois. A total of $23,826,881 will be going to a variety of health care programs, initiatives, and community projects across the state. WICS

  • Aug 02, 2022
  • News from the Web

Illinois health insurers propose price increases for Affordable Care Act exchange plans

Illinois residents who buy health insurance through the Affordable Care Act exchange will likely see prices rise for next year — in some cases by double digit percentages. Chicago Tribune

  • Aug 02, 2022
  • News from the Web

Beyond the dollar: Hospitals embrace flexibility to retain workers

Hospitals have largely relied on competitive pay to retain employees throughout the pandemic. Now many organizations are going beyond financial benefits to keep staff. Becker’s Hospital Review

  • Aug 02, 2022
  • News from the Web

Synthetic mouse embryos created from stem cells — without sperm, eggs, or a uterus

Experiments, performed at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel and published Monday in Cell, mark the first time researchers have grown fully synthetic mouse embryos outside the womb. STAT

  • Aug 02, 2022
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Aug. 2

Register: Equity, Inclusion Free Webinar on 8/16

  • Aug 01, 2022
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Aug. 1

Federal Advocacy Alert: Urge Support of Fall Legislation

  • Jul 29, 2022
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: July 29

HHS Brief on Healthcare Web App Attacks

  • Jul 28, 2022
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: July 28

Manchin, Schumer Reach Revised Reconciliation Deal

  • Jul 27, 2022
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: July 27

IHA-Supported Bill Passes U.S. House Committee

  • Jul 26, 2022
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: July 26

Proposed Rule on Healthcare Nondiscrimination

  • Jul 12, 2022
  • Press Release

IPC Warns Public of Fake Prescription Pills, Drug Substitutions as Fentanyl Use Rises

Now that summer is in full swing, the Illinois Poison Center (IPC) is warning the public to stay safe by avoiding recreational drugs, especially synthetic recreational drugs.

  • Jun 16, 2022
  • News from the Web

FDA advisers endorse 1st COVID-19 shots for kids under 5

The first COVID shots for U.S. infants, toddlers and preschoolers moved a step closer. The FDA’s vaccine advisers gave a thumbs-up to vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer for the littlest kids. AP

  • Jun 16, 2022
  • Press Release

IHA’s Annual Meeting Highlights Ways to Innovate, Strengthen Rural Healthcare

The Illinois Health and Hospital Association today kicked off the start of our Small & Rural Hospitals Annual Meeting entitled “Inspiring Connections” at the Crowne Plaza Springfield.

  • Jun 14, 2022
  • Press Release

IHA to Host Small & Rural Hospitals Annual Meeting

The Illinois Health and Hospital Association will host our Small & Rural Hospitals Annual Meeting, “Inspiring Connections,” on June 16-17 at the Crowne Plaza Springfield.

  • May 23, 2022
  • Press Release

IPC Offers Tips to Help Families Celebrate Summer Safely

The Illinois Poison Center encourages Illinoisans to take precautions against poison exposures, including foodborne illness, while enjoying fun in the sun this summer.

  • May 19, 2022
  • News from the Web

CDC: 36 states investigating 180 pediatric hepatitis cases

The CDC continues to work with health departments and clinicians nationwide to identify and investigate hepatitis of unknown cause impacting children. WSIL

  • May 09, 2022
  • Press Release

Media Advisory: IHA Health Equity Action Day Is May 13

IHA will host its second annual Health Equity Action Day, Accelerating Health Equity Across Illinois, on Friday, May 13 from 9-11:30 a.m.

  • Apr 28, 2022
  • Press Release

IHA Health Equity Action Day Is May 13

Bestselling author and policy expert Heather McGhee will deliver the keynote address at IHA’s second
annual Health Equity Action Day on May 13.

  • Mar 09, 2022
  • News from the Web

Illinois' big gap: Black workers worse off than peers

Research shows that racial and ethnic inequalities have cost the U.S. economy $51 trillion in lost economic output in the past 30 years. Crain’s Chicago Business

  • Jan 26, 2022
  • Press Release

Ted Rogalski Chairs 2022 IHA Board of Trustees

Ted Rogalski, Administrator, Genesis Medical Center, Aledo, became Chair of IHA's 2022 Board of Trustees on Jan. 1, 2022. The Board is the policymaking body for IHA.

  • Jul 21, 2021
  • Press Release

Beware of Fake Prescription Pills This Summer

The Illinois Poison Center has a warning for anyone who may purchase pills that were not prescribed by a doctor: Chances are, the drugs are counterfeit and you may be ingesting fentanyl.

  • Jun 18, 2021
  • Press Release

IHA Launches the Racial Equity in Healthcare Progress Report

IHA launched the Racial Equity in Healthcare Progress Report during IHA’s Health Equity Action Day on June 18. The report is a long-term tool to document progress toward racial health equity.

  • Jun 17, 2021
  • Press Release

IHA Health Equity Action Day: Media Advisory

IHA Health Equity Action Day will be live streamed on June 18 at 9 a.m. Speakers include Michelle Silverthorn, founder of Inclusion Nation, Governor J.B. Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot.

  • May 18, 2021
  • IL Hospitals Doing More

18 vulnerable Chicago neighborhoods. 10 leading health systems. One powerful goal.

More than three years ago, a meeting with U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and the CEOs of 10 major hospitals in Chicago sparked the Chicago Hospital Engagement, Action, and Leadership (HEAL) Initiative. 

  • Mar 22, 2021
  • Press Release

Illinois Poison Center Unveils New Website

The Illinois Poison Center's newly redesigned website provides easy access to reliable health and safety information for the public and healthcare providers.

  • Mar 01, 2021
  • Press Release

March Is Illinois Poison Prevention Month

In March, Illinois Poison Prevention Month, IPC encourages all Illinoisans to learn about the potential hazards lurking in homes, schools and workplaces. 

  • Feb 22, 2021
  • Press Release

Telehealth Legislation Protects Virtual Healthcare Beyond COVID-19 Pandemic

The Coalition to Protect Telehealth announced support for a legislative proposal to protect Illinoisans’ access to the innovative telehealth services they have relied on during the COVID pandemic.

  • Jan 13, 2021
  • Press Release

Statement from IHA Re: Hospital and Healthcare Transformation – Senate Bill 1510

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.

  • Jan 13, 2021
  • Press Release

Statement from IHA Re: Illinois House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch

IHA congratulates State Representative Emanuel “Chris” Welch on his historic election as Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives for the 102nd General Assembly. 

  • Jan 11, 2021
  • Press Release

Illinois Health and Hospital Association Elects New Board

IHA is pleased to announce its newly elected 2021 Board of Trustees. Board officers serve a one-year term beginning January 1, 2021.

  • Jan 11, 2021
  • Press Release

Karen Teitelbaum to Chair 2021 Illinois Health and Hospital Association Board

Karen Teitelbaum, president and CEO, Sinai Chicago, is the chair of IHA's 2021 Board of Trustees as of Jan. 1, 2021. The Board of Trustees is the policymaking body for IHA.

  • Dec 17, 2020
  • Press Release

Avoid Toxic Drug Combinations This Flu Season

Experts at the Illinois Poison Center are alerting the public to dangerous drug combinations that could interact poorly with HIV medication, or cause a rapid increase in blood pressure.

  • Dec 16, 2020
  • Press Release

IHA Chief Says Vaccine Delivery ‘on Track' to Illinois County Health Departments

Illinois hospitals are working around the clock with Gov. Pritzker, IDPH, the entire state pandemic response team and local health depts. to ensure the vaccine is administered. We urge patience.

  • Nov 20, 2020
  • Press Release

Leading Business and Health Care Groups Urge Safe Holiday Celebrations

The state’s leading business and healthcare organizations are urging Illinoisans to safely celebrate the holidays and help slow the spread of the coronavirus by following all health guidelines.

  • Nov 17, 2020
  • Press Release

IHA Statement on Governor Pritzker's Action Today to Mitigate COVID-19 Surge

IHA and our member hospitals and health systems commend Governor Pritzker for his exceptional leadership in this extraordinary time, including his action to mitigate the alarming surge in COVID-19.

  • Nov 17, 2020
  • Press Release

MAPS PSO Presents Patient Safety Champion Award to DuPage Medical Group

MAPS PSO awarded the MAPS PSO Patient Safety Champion award to DuPage Medical Group in Downers Grove and gave an Honorable Mention to Pinckneyville Community Hospital.

  • Nov 13, 2020
  • Press Release

Hospitals, Doctors and Nurses Plead: “Don’t Let Your Guard Down. Keep Your Mask Up”

With COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations surging, IHA has launched a new statewide campaign to communicate the importance of taking reasonable precautions to curb the spread of the deadly virus.

  • Nov 02, 2020
  • Press Release

Jordan Powell Joining IHA to Lead on Health Policy and Finance

Jordan Powell joins IHA as Senior Vice President of Health Policy and Finance on Dec. 14. He will provide leadership on strategic policy, payment system, health equity and healthcare reform issues.

  • Oct 05, 2020
  • Press Release

IHA Letter re: Graduated Income Tax Proposal

IHA urges Illinoisans to vote Yes on a proposed constitutional amendment for a graduated income tax.

  • Sep 30, 2020
  • Press Release

Healthcare Providers, Advocates Urge General Assembly to Protect Telehealth

The Coalition to Protect Our Telehealth, which includes IHA, urges the General Assembly to protect telehealth approaches so Illinoisans can access critically needed, affordable care beyond COVID-19.

  • Sep 16, 2020
  • Press Release

IHA Opinion: Hospitals Committed to Serving Everyone

Illinois hospitals of all shapes and sizes are the cornerstones of their communities and provide some of the highest quality healthcare in the world.

  • Sep 14, 2020
  • Press Release

Illinois Poison Center Leader Named President-Elect of AAPCC

Carol DesLauriers, PharmD, DABAT, Assistant Vice President of the Illinois Poison Center (IPC), has been named president-elect of the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC).

  • Aug 09, 2020
  • Press Release

IHA Statement on IDPH Emergency Rules on Face Coverings

A statement from IHA President and CEO A.J. Wilhelmi urges the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules to allow emergency rules on face coverings to move forward to help ensure health and safety.

  • Jul 15, 2020
  • Press Release

Illinois Hospital and Health Systems Showcase Quality Improvement Initiatives

Eighty quality improvement projects from Illinois hospitals and health systems represent the dedicated efforts of healthcare professionals to advance quality care and enhance health and well-being.

  • Jul 15, 2020
  • Press Release

Illinois Business and Healthcare Groups Encourage Use of Face Masks to Save Lives, Protect Jobs

A diverse coalition of business groups renewed calls for Illinoisans to wear face masks when in public to save lives and protect the state’s economy.

  • Jun 24, 2020
  • Press Release

Summer Plants: Safe or Not?

As Illinoisans venture outside for summer fun, the Illinois Poison Center (IPC) reminds you that some of the season’s most attractive plants can be harmful—or even deadly.

  • Jun 15, 2020
  • Press Release

IHA Statement on Health Disparities

Communities of color have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, which has highlighted glaring health disparities. Illinois’ hospital community is engaged on this issue.

  • Apr 29, 2020
  • Press Release

Health Care Organizations Speak Out Against Legal Challenge to Stay-at-Home Order

IHA, along with ANA, ISAPN and ISMS, submitted an amicus brief on April 29 in the legal case challenging Governor Pritzker's stay-at-home executive order.

  • Apr 27, 2020
  • News from the Web

Please Do Not Eat Disinfectant

There is no evidence that sunlight can cure coronavirus on the human body. New York Times

  • Apr 24, 2020
  • News from the Web

Hospitals Take Huge Financial Hits Because Of COVID-19

Many hospitals are struggling financially right now, and in some cases, jobs are on the line. CBS 2 TV

  • Apr 13, 2020
  • Press Release

IPC Cleaning Product Exposures Up 30%

The Illinois Poison Center (IPC) urges people to use caution with cleaning products, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Mar 23, 2020
  • Press Release

Help Us Help You: A Message From Illinois Hospitals and Health Systems During COVID-19 Pandemic

IHA along with its 200 member hospitals and nearly 40 health systems called on all Illinois residents to help hospitals prevent a surge of COVID-19 patients.

  • Mar 19, 2020
  • Press Release

Illinois Hospitals Issue Plea for Medical Supplies

IHA issued a plea to the construction industry, dentists, veterinarians and other groups that may be able to help Illinois’ more than 200 hospitals protect staff as they care for COVID-19 patients.

  • Feb 27, 2020
  • Press Release

Illinois Hospitals and Health Systems Infuse More Than $100 Billion Annually Into State’s Economy

Illinois hospitals and health systems infuse more than $100 billion in state and local economies. They are the number one creator of jobs supporting working families.

  • Feb 26, 2020
  • Press Release

MAPS PSO Releases White Paper on Top 10 Patient Safety Issues for 2020

MAPS PSO has released Patient Safety Focus: Top 10 Safety Issues for 2020, a white paper offering strategies to address some of healthcare’s top challenges.

  • Jan 02, 2020
  • Press Release

Illinois Health and Hospital Association Elects New Board

IHA is pleased to announce its newly elected 2020 Board of Trustees. Board officers serve a one-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2020.

  • Dec 16, 2019
  • Press Release

Holiday Plants Are Not on the Menu

The Illinois Poison Center--the nation's oldest poison center--warns of gastrointestinal distress from three common holiday plants.

  • Nov 18, 2019
  • Press Release

Illinois’ Rural Hospitals Celebrate National Rural Health Day

Over 1.4 million Illinoisans live in rural regions and rely on their local hospital as a vital—and often only—source of care. IHA and ICAHN are proud to recognize National Rural Health Day on Nov. 21.

  • Nov 04, 2019
  • Press Release

MAPS PSO Presents Patient Safety Champion Award to a Rush Copley Medical Center Employee

MAPS PSO awarded Suzanne Khoury, a senior medical technologist at Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora, with the MAPS PSO Patient Safety Champion award for preventing patient harm.

  • Oct 07, 2019
  • Press Release

Is That a Mouse In Your House?

Nation’s oldest poison center offers rodent removal and prevention safety tips

  • Sep 26, 2019
  • Press Release

IHA Honors Illinois Hospitals and Health Systems for Quality Initiatives with Significant Impact

Hospitals and health systems in Illinois devote significant resources to advancing patient care and safety. IHA recognizes those dedicated efforts through its Quality Excellence Achievement Awards.

  • May 01, 2019
  • Press Release

Illinois Hospital Leaders Urge Legislative Action on Needed Medicaid Managed Care Reforms

Hospital and health system leaders from across Illinois are urging the General Assembly to pass legislation on needed reforms to the state’s Medicaid managed care program before it adjourns May 31.

  • Apr 04, 2019
  • Press Release

Illinois Hospital Leaders to Showcase Quality Improvement Initiatives at the State Capitol

4th Annual IHA Quality Advocacy Showcase on April 3 highlights statewide efforts to advance patient care, improve communities and reduce costs.

  • Feb 28, 2019
  • Press Release

March is Illinois Poison Prevention Month

This week, the Illinois Poison Center (IPC) kicks off Illinois Poison Prevention Month, which serves as a timely reminder of the substantial harm poisoning can cause to people of all ages.

  • Feb 21, 2019
  • Press Release

IHA Innovation Challenge: Partners in Progress Award Presented

Patients in Illinois are benefiting from reduced sepsis infection rates and enhancements in antimicrobial stewardship due to the efforts of two exceptional IHA members.

  • Feb 15, 2019
  • Press Release

Comprehensive Medicaid Managed Care Reform Legislation Will Strengthen Illinois Medicaid Program

A comprehensive legislative package of Medicaid managed care reform bills strongly backed by the IHA and the hospital community has been introduced in the General Assembly.

  • Feb 15, 2019
  • Press Release

Karen Harris Named IHA Senior Vice President and General Counsel

Karen Harris will join the Illinois Health and Hospital Association (IHA) as its Senior Vice President and General Counsel, effective March 1.

  • Jan 28, 2019
  • Press Release

IHA's Longest Serving Employee Retires

On Jan. 31, IHA will lose its longest serving employee.

  • Jan 02, 2019
  • Press Release

IHA Elects New Board

The Illinois Health and Hospital Association is pleased to announce its newly elected 2019 Board of Trustees.

  • Dec 17, 2018
  • Press Release

IHA Statement on Texas District Court Ruling on the ACA

Illinois hospitals and health systems are extremely deeply disappointed by the district court's decision. This ruling threatens access to healthcare coverage for one million Illinoisans.

  • Nov 19, 2018
  • Press Release

Illinois Poison Center Warns About "Silent Killer" in Homes

The Illinois Poison Center notes an increase in carbon monoxide poisoning in the winter.

  • Oct 17, 2018
  • Press Release

Sarah Macchiarola Named IHA Vice President, Federal Government Relations

Sarah Macchiarola will join the Illinois Health and Hospital Association as its Vice President, Federal Government Relations, effective Nov. 29.

  • Sep 20, 2018
  • Press Release

Statement from A.J. Wilhelmi Re: Illinois Supreme Court Ruling in Oswald v. Beard

We are pleased that the Illinois Supreme Court has unanimously upheld the constitutionality of the state’s hospital property tax exemption law.

  • Jun 06, 2018
  • Press Release

MAPS PSO Presents Patient Safety Champion Award

The Midwest Alliance for Patient Safety (MAPS) Patient Safety Organization (PSO) awarded Valerie Skroch of Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers with the MAPS PSO Patient Safety Champion award.