Illinois Partners exists to inform, educate, and advocate on behalf of the human services sector. This page is a resource to keep you up-to-date on the policies and regulations that affect your organizations and communities. Read on to see what’s happening in the state.
The discussions at the national level regarding the ACA, most specifically with the introduction of AHCA, have ended as the bill has been pulled.
The FY18 Budget briefings have been published for the Department of Human Services, the Department of Healthcare and Family Services, the Department on Aging, the Department of Public Health, and the Department of Child and Family Services. All briefings can be found in one document.
Both parties in the General Assembly, as well as Governor Rauner, are currently discussing measures for a “Grand Bargain” to work on a budget.
An executive order has been signed by the new White House administration that could potentially impact the Affordable Care Act. This could have implications on the matching funds for Illinois.
Appropriations in SB 2047 (stopgap bill) expired on December 31st. View the list of appropriations here.
The Governor’s Office of Management and Budget published its annual economic and fiscal policy report outlining the long-term economic and fiscal policy objectives of the state. You can read the report here and also look at the five-year projections here.
The General Assembly remains in recess after passing SB 2047, a stopgap bill for the next six months. The bill only provides 65% funding for services delivered in FY16 and the first half of FY17. This provides SOME relief for our human service providers, but does not repair the losses and damage that have incurred within the last year.
U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division: The U.S. Department of Labor issued Final Rules to implement an Executive Order requiring federal contractors and subcontractors to provide paid sick leave for their employees who perform work in connection with the government contracts. Read the fact sheet here.
The 1115 Medicaid Waiver was finalized in October 2016, and sent to the federal government. the final publication can be found here.
Joint hearing scheduled on 1115 Medicaid waiver: A joint Hearing with the The House Human Services Committee, House Human Services Appropriations Committee, and the Senate Human Services Committee will take place on Tuesday, September 20th at 10:30am. The hearing will be held on the 6th Floor of the Michael A. Bilandic Building at 160 N. LaSalle Street in Chicago.
Section 1115 Research and Demonstration Waiver Released for Public Comment: On September 2nd, the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services released the 1115 Research and Demonstration Draft Waiver. The waiver is designed to transform the behavioral health system, integrate behavioral and physical health and optimize outcomes for Illinoisans.
- Click here to read the Notice of Public Information and brief summary of the 1115 waiver.
- Click here to read the full 1115 waiver.
“Heat Maps” featured on CLTV: Click here to watch Judith Gethner speak on CLTV’s Politics Tonight segment on Tuesday, August 16th about our recently released research and “heat maps” which show the impact of the budget impasse on human service providers.
New Research and “Heat Maps” Released: Illinois Partners is excited to announce our most recent research project, “The Damage Done: How Illinois is Unravelling Its Human Services”. Our “heat maps” take a comprehensive look into how the budget impasse has harmed human services district-by-district, category-by-category in our state.
- Click here to read the research and view our heat maps.
- Click here to see the impact of the budget impasse on Department on Aging providers.
- Click here to view the impact of the budget impasse on Department of Human Services providers.
Click here for information about Indirect Cost Rate Negotiation for Illinois Grantees
Legislative Session Schedule and Deadline Dates: Important and relevant dates were released on July 31st regarding the 2016 legislative session.
- November 15th, 16th and 17th – 1st Fall Veto Session week
- November 29th, 30th and December 1st – 2nd Veto Session week
- Early January Session – TBA
- January 11th – 99th General Assembly Ends
Statewide Call-In with Secretary Dimas. On Monday, July 18th we held our statewide call-in featuring Secretary Dimas of the Department of Human Services. We discussed the the Stopgap budget, FY16 and FY17 contracts, and the Transformation including the 1115 waiver and GATA.
Overtime Exemption Updates. The Department of Labor released the final updates to the Fair Labor Standards Act’s White Collar Overtime Exemption. If you haven’t already, please read the new rule amending overtime regulations for “white collar” workers.
GATA Update. Click here to see the latest updates being made to the FY17 grant process.
Read our Research Report: Illinois Partners released its latest research report, “Human Services as an Economic Engine: How Human Services in Illinois Drive Jobs and Economic Benefits,” which quantifies and analyzes the economic value of human services in Illinois. Click here to view the one-page report briefing and read the full report.
For more information, check out our other resource pages:
Get the latest news on what is being done in Springfield to pass a budget and get providers the funding they deserve.
This page houses research publications commissioned by Illinois Partners.
Is your organization ready to comply with the new application, awarding, and reporting processes for state grants? Check out this page to find out how the new regulations apply to you.
Plans are in the works to completely transform the state’s health and human service entities into a more streamlined, community-based system for all Illinoisans. We’ll post updates to this page as the plan is put into action.