EverThrive IL strongly opposes further budget cuts in the current fiscal year (FY18) and next fiscal year (FY19) as the Illinois health and human service sectors have been cut to the bone over the past decade, leading to instability in Illinois' safety-net, job loss, and lost human potential. We continue to call on the Rauner administration and the general assembly to work together to identify revenue solutions and other ways that allow Illinois to invest in the health of its children, women and families.
We encourage our partners to meet with their state representative and senator before the end of 2018 to share the important work you do, how that work positively impacts their constituents, and the impact that the 2+ year state budget impasse has had on your organization and the people you serve. EverThrive Illinois is here to support you if you're interested in setting up these meetings but don't know where to start; Nadeen Israel, Policy Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
We also ask you to join EverThrive Illinois in our upcoming budget and revenue advocacy work by becoming a member and by signing on to the Responsible Budget Coalition (RBC) as the RBC continues to explore revenue options that will move our state to a more fair and equitable tax structure.
Non-Budget Policy Updates:
The landscape of Medicaid and Medicaid Managed Care in Illinois continues to change. The first set of changes is related to the implementation of the Integrated Eligibility System Phase II (IES Phase II) and the second set of changes is related to the expansion and renaming of the Illinois Medicaid managed care program.
To learn more about both of these big changes, be sure to listen to the recordings of a two-part webinar series we've partnered with HFS on hosting. Find the recordings for both webinars here (Nov. 2nd and Nov. 15th).
The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) has also released the:
- final Medicaid Managed Care Template Contract;
- a mailing schedule of notices to Medicaid clients about the upcoming managed care expansion;
- sample notices that will be mailed to the different populations currently in Medicaid managed care; and
- an updated Medicaid managed care map.
Affordable Care Act (ACA) Open Enrollment 5 (OE 5) ends on December 15th! The pace of sign-ups under the ACA is higher than in previous years, which is a strong positive indicator of the need for the ACA. But, there is still time to enroll and we must do everything we can to ensure those who qualify and are uninsured get the health coverage they need. You can use these talking points to help you communicate effectively about OE 5.
The Senate GOP passed their Tax Scam (AKA Tax Plan) last week. It contained large tax cuts that benefit the ultra wealthy while squeezing middle and low-income families into tighter financial straits and increasing the overall federal deficit by $1.4 trillion. It also repealed the individual mandate, meaning 525,000 Illinoisans would lose health insurance coverage. This Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) map shows how the Senate GOP's Tax bill affects constituents across the country, including IL.
The next step is for the House and Senate to reconcile the differences between the Tax Plans they each passed through a conference committee process. Leadership from each chamber has appointed members to the conference committee, and GOP Representatives Roskam and Shimkus from IL have both been appointed to the conference committee.
EverThrive IL urges the Illinois Congressional delegation, including Representatives Roskam and Shimkus, to stand up against any bill that raises taxes on low and middle-income individuals and families while also ripping access to health care from them. We ask that you join us in calling on our IL Congressional delegation by activating on social media as well as calling to demand your voice be heard!
President Trump and the Congressional GOP's goal is to pass their Tax Scam before the end of this month. We cannot let this happen! Please join us and other advocates in IL to Protect Our Care and stop the GOP from cutting health care from millions of Americans in order to give tax cuts to the wealthiest!
Non-Budget Policy Updates:
Although Sept. 30th was the funding expiration date for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV), and the Community Health Center Fund (CHCF), Congress has failed to take action. EverThrive IL continues to call on Congress to, on a bipartisan basis, renew funding for critical programs, including CHIP and CHCF, without cutting funding for other critical programs.