Find the latest policy news from EverThrive IL below:
While the passage of the bipartisan budget package earlier this summer was an essential first step toward addressing the state's fiscal woes, we know that additional steps are going to be essential to addressing Illinois' fiscal troubles, including the over $16 billion in unpaid bills, over the long term. EverThrive IL, a proud member of the Responsible Budget Coalition (RBC), will continue to explore advocacy opportunities for permanent, fair and sustainable revenue solutions that ensure our state properly invests in the health of Illinois children, women and families.
On Wednesday, October 11 from 11:30 am-4:00 pm, the RBC will be gathering all its members in Springfield for a coalition-wide membership strategy meeting. This meeting will be a day of issue education, strategy development, and skills building as the RBC charts its next steps. Please RSVP to Kelsie Landers at firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan on attending.
Non-Budget State Policy Updates
NextLevel Health has received an award as part of the Medicaid Managed Care RFP. See the notice from HFS for more information. Find the other MCOs that received an award here. These awards/contracts last four years with an option to renew for an additional four years. EverThrive IL will continue to monitor the changes to Medicaid Managed Care in Illinois sharing information as it becomes available and weighing-in as needed and appropriate.
HB40 has been sent to the Governor's desk. It is unclear whether or not he will sign it. EverThrive IL strongly supports HB40 and urges all CSOMB members to advocate with Governor Rauner by calling his office and getting on social media to urge him to sign it without delay. This bill strikes a dangerous "trigger" provision in the Illinois abortion law and affirms that IL will not go back to the pre-roe days of illegal abortions. This bill cleared the IL House of Representatives and the IL Senate on a partisan vote. Find more information on HB40 here.
No new developments on the Federal budget recently. Congress has passed a Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the government through December 8, 2017. Under a CR, there is an across-the-board sequestration funding cut of 0.0675%. Debate over tax reform and the FY 2018 budget—including cuts to programs like WIC, SNAP, and Medicaid to pay for tax cuts—is also ongoing. It is expected that the full House will take up the FY18 Budget Resolution that passed out of the House Budget Committee back in July at some point next month.
Non-Budget Federal Policy Updates
Thank you for helping to defeat the latest ACA repeal bill! Earlier this week, Senators Graham and Cassidy announced there would be no floor vote this week on the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson bill before September 30. This is a huge victory for Illinoisans and health care consumers around the country. We are so thankful for your advocacy the past few weeks and months to stop this disastrous piece of legislation. We know that the fight to protect the ACA and Medicaid is far from over, but for now, we can breathe a small sigh of relief. We hope our representatives in Congress will finally turn their attention to the very crucial health care decisions at hand such as CHIP reauthorization, community health center funding, MIECHV reauthorization, and of course, marketplace stabilization efforts that were derailed by the Graham-Cassidy negotiations.
As we move forward, we will be gearing up for Open Enrollment, starting Wednesday, November 1, because we know that the ACA sabotage will continue and we must remain vigilant. Protecting access to quality health care for women and children remains a continuous effort as we work towards bipartisan solutions that help us achieve our goal of high quality health coverage across the state of Illinois. But for now, THANK YOU for all that you have done. We couldn’t have gotten this far without your calls, emails, protests, tweets, Facebook posts, congressional visits, letters to the editor, and grassroots community efforts to save our healthcare system from being dismantled.
-MIECHV must be reauthorized for five years before it expires September 30th.
-Delaying reauthorization will hurt children and families who rely on home visiting services.
-Neither the House nor the Senate should require a state match as part of a five-year MIECHV reauthorization.
-Instead, we should double the funding for MIECHV so more families can benefit from evidence-based home visiting.