Supporting fiscal policies that ensure health coverage for all, including Medicare and Medicaid, and consider the needs of our most vulnerable communities.
The foundation of the health care safety net, Medicaid is a federal program administered by the state that covers more than 3.0 million children, seniors and individuals with disabilities in Illinois.
Medicaid is currently an entitlement program, which guarantees coverage for those who meet certain eligibility requirements. Find out more about how the program is funded and what flexibility the state has in determining how the money should be spent.
Fair Tax Proposal
In 2019, the Illinois General Assembly passed legislation to place a graduated income tax referendum, formally titled the “All for Graduated Income Tax Amendment,” on the ballot for the November 2020 election. Known as the Illinois Fair Tax proposal, it would require a constitutional amendment to change the state income tax system from a flat tax to a graduated income tax.
Illinois State Budget Updates
The legislature passed a FY2021 State Budget (Senate Bill 264/Public Act 101-0637) of approximately $42 billion, which included no cuts to Medicaid eligibility, benefit or reimbursement levels.
Hospital Assessment Program
Hospital Assessment Programs are a mechanism for States to bring more federal dollars into their healthcare systems. The Illinois Hospital Assessment program is funded by a special tax on hospitals, which is then matched by funding from the federal government to ensure low-income patients have adequate access to healthcare services. This funding is critical to make up for low reimbursement from the state’s Medicaid program, and to support safety net hospitals that care for a disproportionate number of low-income and uninsured patients.
The federal 340B Drug Pricing Program provides discounted outpatient drugs to government-funded hospitals, health systems and clinics serving low-income patients without using taxpayer dollars. This enables hospitals to provide reduced-price drugs to patients, expand comprehensive health services and offset losses from serving patients who cannot pay. The 340B Program ensures access to pharmaceuticals for vulnerable populations in the communities we serve.
Non-Profit Property Tax Exemption
As a non-profit organization, AMITA Health currently is exempt from paying local property taxes. Illinois uses the property tax exemption to encourage and enable non-profit organizations to spend and invest more on giving back to their communities. This has been challenged in court. Get updates here.
The Medicare Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) program provides vital financial support to hospitals that serve the nation’s most vulnerable populations, including low-income Medicare beneficiaries, the uninsured and underinsured.