After over 100 days of lapsed funding, Congress signed a Continuing Resolution funding CHIP for six years, but a February 8th deadline looms to keep the federal government operating. In Springfield, Governor Rauner's State of the State sets the stage for 2018 Read EverThrive IL's full State and Federal policy re-cap.
Yesterday, Governor Rauner's State of the State offered a glance at his priorities for the state. While EverThrive IL was excited to hear his interest in addressing some of the state’s biggest problems - like the growing opioid epidemic, something EverThrive IL also cares deeply about - we were disappointed by what was missing in the Governor's address.
EverThrive IL calls on Governor Rauner for his commitment and leadership in protecting and investing in our state's health care systems in the wake of ongoing threats on the national stage. For Illinois women and children to prosper and thrive, they need access to high quality, comprehensive, and affordable health care. Now is the time to put aside rhetoric, and partisan politics, and focus on policies that really do support families and communities.
The Governor's budget address, where he will lay out the details for his proposed budget for fiscal year 2019 (FY19) and likely address how he plans on dealing with the $2.3 billion budget deficit being projected for the current fiscal year (FY18), is coming up on February 14th. Based on the Governor's comments during yesterday's state of the state, what we know is that he plans to propose a balanced budget that includes more spending cuts and rolling back of the state income tax, meaning less future revenue for the state and additional cuts in order to get to a balanced budget. EverThrive IL is extremely disappointed to hear the Governor talk about additional spending cuts instead of sharing his ideas for how to invest in our families and communities in order to help them thrive. We ask the Governor to support policy measures, such as the Fair Tax, that create new positive opportunities for Illinois women, children and families to support themselves, their loved ones and to live their healthiest lives. We will share our analysis of the Governor's FY19 proposed budget shortly after it is released, so stay tuned!
Non-Budget Policy Updates:
The landscape of Medicaid and Medicaid managed care in Illinois continues to change. Check-out EverThrive IL's webinar recordings to get the latest on these changes.
The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) has also released the:
2) a mailing schedule of notices to Medicaid clients about the Medicaid managed care expansion (i.e. HealthChoice Illinois);
3) sample notices being mailed to the different populations on Medicaid regarding HealthChoice Illinois; and
4) an updated Medicaid managed care map.
Members of Congress are facing a February 8th deadline to pass a new continuing resolution to keep the federal government operating. Negotiations on another continuing resolution that would likely fund the government through March 22 continue. These negotiations include decisions around funding for community health centers (Community Health Center Fund), the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV), as well as other healthcare extenders. Congress is also continuing negotiations around a longer-term appropriations package to fund the government past March 22 to avoid the need for another continuing resolution.
Non-Budget Policy Updates:
In the last continuing resolution that Congress passed and President Trump signed into law, EverThrive Illinois was relieved to see that the continuing resolution (CR) included a six-year renewal of funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). At the same time however, we are disappointed that Congress continues to delay funding extensions for the millions of families who receive care from local community health centers and rely on critical supports through the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program. We call on Congress and President Trump to work together to fund these and other critical health programs without further delay.