Illinois launched a public-private partnership experiment to improve the delivery of services to children engaged in juvenile justice and child welfare programs that will also give investors an opportunity to weigh in on the way the State delivers social services.
The initiative is supported through Social Impact Bonds–funding from the private sector, foundations, and wealthy individuals who invest in programs to enhance the delivery of human services.
The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) launched HealthChoice Illinois, a new Medicaid Managed Care program. Individuals enrolled in a FHP/ACA, ICP, or MLTSS managed care health plan are being transitioned to the new program.
The exiting health plans are Aetna Better Health, Community Care Alliance, Family Health Network and Humana Health Plan. Seven health plans began operation January 1, 2018: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, CountyCare (available only in Cook County), Harmony Health Plan, IlliniCare Health Plan, Meridian Health, Molina Healthcare of Illinois, and NextLevel Health (available only in Cook County).
HFS also created a portal for providers to seek support for resolving issues with MCOs for the Medicaid Managed Care transformation.
Healthy Illinois 2021
Healthy Illinois 2021 aims to improve the health of Illinoisans. The State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP) and State Innovation Model (SIM) fall under this program. The objective is to understand the current health status in Illinois and establish health improvement strategies that address the need, identifies gaps and engages all aspects of the public health system. Individuals who participate in in focus groups, presentations, and webinars will be asked to provide feedback on the current state of health and their work related to health improvement.
Behavioral Health Transformation – 1115 Waiver
An “1115 waiver” is a contract between the federal and state government that “waives” federal Medicaid requirements and gives the federal government authority to approve experimental, pilot or demonstration projects. The initial focus of the transformation effort in Illinois has been on behavioral health (mental health and substance use) and specifically the integration of behavioral and physical health service delivery. Behavioral health was chosen due to both the urgency of the issue and the potential financial and human impact. For more information on the waiver, visit the HFS website.
Learn how repealing the Affordable Care Act would impact Illinois. November 2016
The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation published “Profile of Medicare Beneficiaries by Race and Ethnicity: A Chartpack” draws on data and analysis from a variety of sources to profile the Medicare population through the lens of race and ethnicity, life expectancy, demographic characteristics, income and savings, health status and chronic conditions, supplemental coverage, selected measures of access to care and service utilization. March 2016
The College for Behavioral Health Leadership’s report on the compensation for peer-support specialists shows striking differences among the current national structures for these salaries. January 2016
The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation published a brief that analyzes long-term services and supports among seniors living in the community. October 2015
The Dismantling of Medicaid shows how managed care has changed the nature of Medicaid. November 2014
HFS shared updated demographic data through April 2014 of the enrolled Medicaid expansion population. June 2014