September Policy News

Find the latest policy news from EverThrive IL below:




The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) announced the Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) that were awarded contracts to provide services under its Medicaid Managed Care Program, effective January 1, 2018. View the full NoA here. The deadline for the receipt of protests from MCOs in Friday, September 1. We continue to monitor changes to Medicaid Managed Care and will be sure to communicate any impact on SHCs. For the most current information on Medicaid Managed Care, visit HFS' Medicaid Managed Care RFP website.


We are also excited to announce that the following pieces of legislation were signed by the Governor and have an effective date of January 1, 2018: (any listed items after a colon need additional indentation)

  • HB3709: increases the number of counseling sessions available to minors 12 years and older from 5 to 8 (is this total or per year?), and permits the counselor to provide additional sessions if it is in the minor's best interest and parental notification would be detrimental to the minor's wellbeing
  • HB2907: eliminates the requirement that a physician or other licensed health care professional must be physically present in the same room as the patient for an entire telepsychiatry service  



Congress began its August recess after GOP efforts to repeal and replace key provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) failed in the Senate. As we enter September, we will continue to monitor any threats to health care, the Fiscal Year 2018 budget, and the reauthorization of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

Thursday, September 7, 2017