June 21, 2018
Statement from A.J. Wilhelmi, President & CEO
Illinois Health and Hospital Association
Re: Federal Approval of Redesigned Hospital Assessment Program
On behalf of hospitals and health systems across the state, the Illinois Health and Hospital Association (IHA) commends the Governor, Department of Healthcare and Family Services, the Legislative Medicaid Work Group and General Assembly, and the Illinois Congressional Delegation for partnering with IHA and the hospital community on this important initiative.
This was truly a collaborative team effort that will help ensure access to quality healthcare for the state’s three million Medicaid beneficiaries. The redesigned, modernized Hospital Assessment Program will bring the State $3.5 billion annually, including more than $200 million in new federal funding.
The redesigned assessment program preserves access to healthcare for all Illinoisans, especially vulnerable populations in urban and rural communities across the state, including those served by Safety Net and Critical Access Hospitals. The program has been modernized to update patient data and use that data to drive resources to where healthcare services are being provided.
The Illinois Health and Hospital Association, with offices in Chicago, Naperville, Springfield and Washington, D.C., advocates for Illinois' more than 200 hospitals and nearly 50 health systems as they serve their patients and communities. IHA members provide a broad range of services—not just within their walls, but across the continuum of healthcare and in their communities. Reflecting the diversity of the state, IHA members consist of nonprofit, investor-owned, and public hospitals in the following categories: community, safety net, rural, critical access, specialty, and teaching hospitals, including academic medical centers. For more information, see www.team-iha.org. Like IHA on Facebook. Follow IHA on Twitter.