March marks the ninth month without a state budget.
The Governor released his fiscal year 2017 (FY17) proposed budget two weeks ago. We were disappointed that he did not discuss specifics when it comes to resolving the FY16 budget impasse, or his plan to raise the revenue necessary to fund a responsible and fair budget. For health and human service programs' budget highlights of the Governor's FY17 proposed budget, check back on our website for a full analysis.
If you would like to gain a better understanding of the State Budget, join the Responsible Budget Coalition's (RBC) for a webinar:
Responsible Budget Talks #1: Breaking Down the Budget
Monday, March 7
Noon - 1 PM
|Health Reform Director Kathy Waligora and Associate Board Member Lisa Petersen testifying in Springfield at the committee meeting for HB5576.|
In non-budget related news, EverThrive IL is working with a coalition of consumer advocates on three legislative initiatives this session. We are thrilled to report that one of these bills, HB5576, recently was passed out of the House Human Service Committee. For more information on HB5576 and EverThrive IL's other legislative initiatives this session, check out the below.
The Comprehensive Contraceptive Coverage Act builds on state and federal regulation to improve access to the full range of contraceptive options for all people in Illinois with insurance. HB5576 passed out of the House Human Service Committee on a partisan vote of 8 Yes & 6 No. This bill will need to be considered by the full Illinois House of Representatives as the next step in the legislative process.
The Empowering Meaningful Patient Choice in Medicaid Managed Care Act reduces the information gap that exists between what Medicaid enrollees understand about managed care and what actually exists in the system. The second goal of this bill is to increase transparency within the Medicaid managed care system.
The Medicaid Access Monitoring Act lays out a process for testing and reporting out annually the accuracy of provider networks submitted by Medicaid managed care plans, as well as consumer access to in-network providers.