Community Health

Improving the health of the communities we are privileged to serve by prioritizing their needs.

Immigration

AMITA Health remains committed to ensuring that all immigrants regardless of status have access to health care and are treated equitably and fairly. Learn more about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the DREAM Act, and the Illinois Trust Act.

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Recreational Cannabis

Governor J.B. Pritzker supports legalizing, regulating and taxing recreational cannabis and called it out as one of his priorities in his inaugural speech.  Only 10 states plus the District of Columbia have gone beyond medicinal marijuana.

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Tobacco 21

Tobacco 21 is a proposed state law that would prevent tobacco products, electronic cigarettes, and alternative nicotine products from being sold to and possessed by anyone under 21 years of age.

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Palliative Care

It is important for patients with serious and chronic disease, and their families, have access to palliative to focus on relieving symptoms as well as physical, emotional and spiritual stress while supporting the best quality of life.

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Children's Health Insurance Program

The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), signed into law in 1997, is a partnership between the federal government and states to provide children and pregnant mothers from low-income working families’ access to affordable health care; these are families with incomes too high for Medicaid but can still not afford private insurance. CHIP expired on September 30, 2017 giving Congress an extremely limited timeframe to reauthorize the program.

 

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Sweetened Beverage Tax

A sugary drink tax, also called a soda tax, is a tax or surcharge designed to reduce consumption of drinks with added sugar. Drinks covered under a soda tax often include carbonated soft drinks, sports drinks and energy drinks.

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Community Health Legislative Action

Policies that help our communities be healthier and more vibrant are core to our mission. AMITA Health takes positions on measures that complement our community health priorities to impact social, economic and structural determinants of health, improve mental and behavioral health services, provide more access to care, and prevent and reduce chronic disease.

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