News and Updates
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1/19: Senator Don Harmon is named Illinois Senate President. Harmon succeeds John Cullerton who stepped down in 2019.
1/12: U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced $8.9 million in federal funding to help children in Decatur, Joliet and Alton, Illinois, access Head Start and Early Head Start programs.
1/1: Customized Employment for Individuals with Disabilities Act (SB 2087) – Creates a five-year pilot program for finding employment for individuals with disabilities, tasked with helping them find jobs and negotiating fair wages.
1/1: Parolee-Medicaid Screening (SB 1744) – Requires the Department of Corrections (DOC) to screen inmates prior to release for Medicaid eligibility.
1/1: Alzheimer Advisory Committee (SB 1726) – Creates the full-time position, Dementia Coordinator, within the Department of Public Health to oversee the implementation of the Illinois Alzheimer’s Disease State Plan.
1/1: Community-Integrated Living (HB 3069) – Requires any facility licensed under the Community-Integrated Living Arrangements Licensure and Certification Act to notify the Department of Human Services when emergency calls are made from the facility.
1/1: Medicaid Redeterminations (HB 3040) – Amends the Public Aid Code to require that if an individual has transferred from one long-term care (LTC) facility to another LTC facility, the individual Medicaid eligibility must be sent to the LTC facility where the individual resides and to that individual.
1/1: Family Mental Health Centers (HB 2247) – Creates a community-based pilot program for persons with mental illness or persons at risk for mental health diagnosis in communities with high need or underutilization of mental health services.
1/1: Children and Youth Adult Mental Health Crisis Act (HB 2154) – Creates the Children and Youth Adult Mental Health Crisis Act, which will restructure the Individual Care Grant/Family Support Program for children and young adults with high mental health need regardless of type of insurance coverage.
1/1: Child Abuse Reports-DPH-DHFS (HB 831) – If DCFS gets a report of suspected abuse or neglect of a child who was receiving care in a hospital, including psychiatric hospitals, DCFS shall notify the Directors of DPH and HFS of the report. DPH licenses those facilities, HFS provides healthcare for those patients under Medicaid.
12/16: Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced a new commission to study the state’s early childhood education system and plans to increase reimbursement rates for all childcare centers and home-based providers.
12/06: A new federal rule will impact over 140,000 residents in Illinois who rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
12:03: Illinois adults with developmental disabilities wait 7 years or longer for services they need to live on their own.
11/24: A U.S. Department of Health and Human Services survey finds that 35% of working age adults reported financial difficulties paying medical bills.
11/20: Starting January 1, 2020, nearly 50,000 food stamp recipients in Illinois will be subject to work requirements for the first time since the federal rules went into effect in the mid-1990s.
11/18: Senate Bill 667 caps the co-pay for insulin at $100 per month for some diabetics.
11/13: If Senate Bill 2293 is passed, it would open nursing home care to veterans of the National Guard or Reserve Forces who have completed 20 years of service.
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