HB 3709 - Removing Barriers to Counseling Services for At-Risk Youth

This bill aims to remove barriers to counseling services for at-risk youth by increasing the number of counseling sessions available to minors 12 years and older from 5 to 8, and permitting 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.


HB 5576 - The Illinois Contraceptive Coverage Act

Building on state and federal law, H.B. 5576 has the potential to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies and improve birth outcomes by guaranteeing reliable, affordable access to birth control for all people in Illinois.



HB 6213 - Empowering Meaningful Patient Choice in Medicaid Managed Care

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.



HB 5559 - The Medicaid Access Monitoring Act

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.



HB 2731 HA1 – Medicaid Managed Care Transparency Act

Transparency helps government function better and makes it less vulnerable to crises. HB 2731 HA1 – Strengthens Transparency in the Medicaid Managed Care System.



HB2812: Explanation of Benefits (EOBs) in Medicaid Managed Care

HB2812 ensures Medicaid Managed Care Entities (MCEs) do not send an Explanation of Benefits (EOB) for sensitive services (e.g. mental health services, substance abuse treatment services) in order to protect their members’ confidentiality and reduce barriers to accessing care.



Protect Medicaid: Proposed Medicaid cuts will cause real suffering and increase state costs

Governor Rauner has proposed $1.5 billion in Medicaid spending reductions for FY16. The reductions in rates, eligibility, and benefits threaten meaningful access for member and financial sustainability for providers. The proposed reductions are too numerous to list here, but a selected analysis provided in the above factsheet.



SB1464 - Collaborative Supervision of Preventative Oral Health Care

SB 1464 allows dentists and dental hygienists to enter into a written agreement so that the hygienist can provide specific preventive services prior to dental exams and without a dentist being physically present. This would increase access to preventive care, improving oral health status and reducing costs. 



Govenor's Cuts Undermine Illinois' Future

As the state budget conversations and legislative appropriations committee hearings continue, EverThrive Illinois will continue to advocate for a balanced fiscal budget that contains no harmful cuts to vital programs and services and includes a sustainable revenue solution. Check out this fact sheet produced by the Responsible Budget Coalition (RBC) highlighting various programs and services on the chopping block within the Governor's proposed fiscal year 2016 budget.


Share Our Strength's Cooking Matters 

Share Our Strength's Cooking Matters empowers families at risk of hunger with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to make healthy and affordable meals. Through hands-on classes taught be volunteer culinary and nutrition experts, course participants learn how to select nutiritious and low-cost ingredients and prepare them in ways that provide the best nourishment possible to their families.


In reponse to the recent Cook County measles outbreak, EverThrive IL has co-sponsored legislation to address the exponential increase in immunization religious exemptions. The policy change would continue to protect religious freedoms, while addressing the greater public health needs. 


Paycheck Fairness Act Factsheet (S.2199 / S.84) 

The bills proposed in the 2013-14 legislative session would have extended the effect of the Equal Pay Law, signed into law by President John F. Kennedy in 1963. Despite the 52 years the law has been in effect, women are still experiencing pay discrepcy in the workplace.


Illinois Changes to Medicaid Eligibility and Redetermination Process

The Illinois Medicaid Redetermination Project (IMRP) was developed as a result of Public Act 097-0689.


Dental Coverage in Illinois' Medicaid Program

Children’s Dental Services Covered by the All Kids Program or the Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) Program; Reviewed for accuracy by Adult Services Covered by Medicaid Dental Plans; and more.


CHIP Infographic

The Children's Health Insurance Program, or CHIP provides essential funding for the Illinois All Kids program. However, without Congressional action to extend CHIP funds, no new funding will be available to Illinois or other states after September 2015. Put simply, if CHIP funding is not extended at the federal level, more than 174,000 Illinois children could lose their current All Kids health coverage. This infographic, produced by the Sargeant Shriver National Center for Poverty Law, explains the number behind this crucial program.

Policy Memos

Transparency helps government function better and makes it less vulnerable to crises. HB 2731 HA1 – Strengthens Transparency in the Medicaid Managed Care System.

Currently families working low-wage jobs who do not qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) are struggling to make ends meet and put food on their table.

As of September 2014 there were 1,030,544 households and 2,026,058 people in Illinois receiving SNAP.