News and Updates
Updates on the policies, news and regulations that affect your organization and community.
3/20: House Bill 2845 has passed out of the House Mental Health Committee. Sponsored by state Rep. Deb Conroy (Villa Park), this bill requires state Medicaid managed care plans to cover the cost of autism diagnoses and treatments for those under 21. Read more about the bill here.
2/20: Illinois Partners’ statement on the governor’s budget proposal:
We applaud Governor Pritzker’s FY20 budget recommendation for not proposing cuts to human services. And we thank the governor for increased funding in some human service areas. But the share of state budget appropriations for human services has declined steadily for more than two decades, and both contracted funding and reimbursement rates have not kept pace with the cost of doing business, resulting in the loss of essential services for our communities. We urge the governor and policymakers to stabilize the sector by restoring human services funding to its historic share of state spending and work toward funding levels that support the true cost of doing business on behalf of the state.
2/19: A new report by Illinois Partners, Create a Better Illinois-National Analysis Makes Case for Reassessing Human Service Reimbursement Rates, explores how paying Illinois providers too little for what they do affects community well-being and challenges policymakers to adequately fund human services.
2/4: Governor Pritzker appointed Ramon Gardenhire as Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy in the Office of Governor. Gardenhire is the current vice president of coalition partner AIDS Foundation of Chicago. He also appointed Dr. Ngozi Ezike as Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health. Dr. Ezike is currently medical director at the Juvenile Detention Center.
2/4: The Illinois House announced its complete roster of committee assignments for the 101st General Assembly. Of note, the Appropriations-Human Services Committee is chaired by Rep. Robyn Gabel and the Human Services (Policy) Committee is chaired by Rep. Frances Ann Hurley. Download the complete list of both committees.
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