BUDGET

Sep 12, 2013 No Comments ›› admin

Fiscal pressures were again at the forefront this session.  After the drastic measures taken last year to reform Medicaid through program eliminations and reductions, the General Assembly had to look elsewhere to balance the FY14 budget.  Fortunately, stronger-than-expected tax revenues this spring, due to changes in federal tax law, resulted in a $1.5 billion, one-time ...

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EXCHANGE

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The Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace will begin enrolling individuals under a federal-state partnership in October, 2013 for a January, 2014 start date.  The State will operate the plan management and consumer assistance functions of the Exchange, and Qualified Health Plan (QHP) certification will soon be completed by the Department of Insurance (DOI).   While the model ...

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PHARMACY

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Coordinated Care In addition to implementation of the four prescription policy and other SMART Act changes related to pharmacy, manufacturers have been closely watching the State’s move to 50% enrollment in coordinated care by 2015.  The State has actually set a target to have 66% enrolled in coordinated care, or 2 of the 3 million people in ...

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HEALTH INSURANCE MARKETPLACE – THE EXCHANGE

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Several pieces of legislation were introduced this year related to health insurance exchanges.  SB 34 (Koehler) sought to provide for a state-based Exchange.  Due to the hard work of Senator Koehler, legislation for a state-based Exchange was approved by the Senate 37-19-0, as contained in HB 3227 (Crespo/Koehler). However, business interests, who worked closely with the ...

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PRIOR AUTHORIZATION

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Senator Delgado introduced legislation this spring to require the Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) to promulgate and file a regulation defining the criteria used for granting prior authorization for non-preferred medications; denying a request for prior authorization; and approving or denying a request for prior authorization made to any managed care entity under ...

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BIOSIMILARS PATHWAY

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Legislation was introduced in Illinois again this year seeking to create a process through which biosimilars may be substituted for biological prescription medications.  SB 1934 (Munoz) provides that a pharmacist may substitute a prescription biosimilar product for a prescribed biological product under certain circumstances. The Senate Executive Committee approved SB 1934 by a vote of ...

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MEDICAID REFORM & EXPANSION

Sep 12, 2013 No Comments ›› admin

The long-anticipated Medicaid expansion bill, SB 26 (Steans/Feigenholtz; PA98-104), was approved in the final week of session.  As authorized by the Affordable Care Act, beginning January 1, 2014, SB 26 will extend benefits under the State's medical assistance program to persons aged 19 or older, but younger than 65, who are not otherwise eligible for ...

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Governor Quinn Signs Legislation

Sep 12, 2013 No Comments ›› admin

Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Boost Diabetes Awareness, Research and Reporting in Illinois HB 1815 Creates Special License Plate to Raise Awareness and Funds for Diabetes Research; HB 2199 Requires Biennial Reporting by State Diabetes Commission to General Assembly CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed into law House Bill 1815, legislation that will create a ...

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Boost Diabetes Awareness

Sep 12, 2013 No Comments ›› admin

Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Boost Diabetes Awareness, Research and Reporting in Illinois Governor Pat Quinn today signed into law House Bill 1815, legislation that will create a special license plate designed to raise awareness for diabetes and raise funds for diabetes research. The governor signed the bill at the University of Chicago Medicine’s Kovler Diabetes ...

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Diabetes Awareness Day

Apr 24, 2013 No Comments ›› admin

Join the Illinois Diabetes Policy Coalition for Diabetes Awareness Day 2013. Wednesday, May 8th at Illinois Capital Springfield. Help educate Illinois policy makers on issues that directly affect individuals living with diabetes and its complications. CLICK HERE to Register for this event CLICK HERE to save the pdf Transportation Our group of advocates will leave by bus from the ...

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