Supporting fiscal policies that ensure health coverage for all, including Medicare and Medicaid, and consider the needs of our most vulnerable communities.
Illinois State Budget Update
The Illinois General Assembly has passed a budget for FY2019 – on time – after a historic, nearly 3-year impasse that stalled the state’s fiscal recovery. The State of Illinois budgets every year. Find out how the budget impacts healthcare and what it means for you.
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.
Reports of patients receiving unexpected, large healthcare bills as a result of hospitals stays has generated concern from lawmakers. See what changes they are proposing.
Workers’ Compensation Claim Payment
Physicians and health care providers across the state have been dealing with a growing crisis where insurance companies are not paying workers’ compensation medical bills. Proposed legislation would address this issue.
Drug Pricing Transparency
Drug shortages and dramatic price increases in prescription drugs have sparked a debate over what can be done to protect consumers and to help those with chronic disease access the medicine they need. Congress is taking action. Click here to catch up on the debate!
Hospital Assessment Redesign
The current Medicaid funding mechanism for Illinois hospitals, the hospital assessment, is scheduled to “sunset” June 30, 2018. These payments represent over 50% of all payments made to Illinois Hospitals, and significantly more for Safety-Nets — over $2 billion annually to hospitals and almost $800 million to the state. Learn more about how hospitals get paid and where we are in the approval process here.
Federal Budget Update
Congress passed several continuing resolutions before coming to a budget agreement. What does that mean to you? Find out here.
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.
Simplifying the tax code has long been a campaign promise for those who have advocated for a flatter, less complicated system. Find out how tax reform proposals might impact the delivery of healthcare in Illinois.
The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) contained many provisions, but most importantly it created a new Medicare approach to paying clinicians for the value and quality of care they provide. MACRA repeals the sustainable growth rate — a series of Congressional fixes responsible for adjusting Medicare expenditures and provider reimbursement — and authorizes HHS to implement value-based initiatives aimed at improving care access for Medicare and CHIP beneficiaries. Get the latest on policy implementation here.
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.
Fiscal Legislative Action
Fiscal policies ensure that AMITA Health can continue to provide wholistic healthcare in a highly personal environment for all those we are privileged to serve. Click through to see a list of our activity.