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  • /IMAGES/SHARE/Logos_Headers/DCEO-logo-small-2.gif03/14/2014 - March 27 event in Chicago will help women entrepreneurs create jobs
    CHICAGO— The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) today announced that women entrepreneurs who want to expand their businesses and create jobs should attend an upcoming conference that will feature informative programs and opportunities for networking. The second annual Women Business Owners Symposium (WBOS) will be held March 27 at the UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Road. The event is free and organized by DCEO with support from Nicor Gas, Macy’s, Verizon, and Score Chicago.
  • /IMAGES/SHARE/Logos_Headers/sealnews.gif02/12/2014 - Governor Quinn Proposes Groundbreaking Five-Year Plan to Transform State’s Healthcare System
    CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today released the draft of five-year plan for one of the most innovative and far-reaching healthcare transformation programs in the country. The “The Path to Transformation” proposal would allow the state to obtain $5.2 billion in federal funds over five years to modernize healthcare infrastructure and services and lower long-term costs. The plan, which requires federal approval, is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to improve the health of the people of Illinois and increase access to quality, affordable healthcare.
  • /IMAGES/SHARE/Logos_Headers/sealnews.gif12/17/2013 - Governor Quinn Announces Illinois Healthcare Research Coalition Awarded $7 Million to Battle Chronic Illnesses
    CHICAGO – Governor Quinn today announced that a coalition of 20 health and hospital organizations from Illinois has been awarded an 18-month, $7-million federal award to establish a clinical data research network (CDRN). Awarded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), the award will allow the coalition to be part of a larger national network that will model how healthcare institutions in complex urban settings improve health outcomes and drive down costs for both rare and common conditions such as sickle cell disease, asthma, anemia, recurrent clostridium difficile, obesity and diabetes.
  • /IMAGES/SHARE/Logos_Headers/sealnews.gif10/01/2013 - Governor Quinn Launches Get Covered Illinois - The New Online Marketplace for Affordable Health Care
    CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today launched Get Covered Illinois, the state’s comprehensive education and enrollment online platform for uninsured residents to sign up for health coverage under the Federal Affordable Care Act (ACA). Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn's commitment to improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Illinois.
  • /IMAGES/SHARE/Logos_Headers/sealnews.gif08/13/2013 - State Announces Newest Healthcare Provider to Join State’s Transition to Coordinated Care
    CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) is announcing that Medical Home Network (MHN) has joined the state’s transition to greatly expanded coordinated care by 2015.
  • /IMAGES/SHARE/Logos_Headers/sealnews.gif08/02/2013 - Michigan and Illinois Announce Interstate Technology Modernization Partnership
    LANSING – The states of Michigan and Illinois today announced the creation of an unprecedented interstate alliance to enable Illinois to access Michigan’s Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS), the technology that supports state Medicaid programs, as a shared service. Through the Illinois Michigan Program Alliance for Core Technology (IMPACT) project, Illinois will modernize its outdated MMIS system while saving taxpayers millions of dollars, versus implementing a costlier stand-alone system.
  • /IMAGES/SHARE/Logos_Headers/sealnews.gif07/22/2013 - Governor Quinn Enacts Largest Increase in Health Care Coverage in State History
    CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation that enacts a critical part of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) by making Medicaid coverage available to all low-income adults in Illinois. Today’s action delivers on a major priority announced by Governor Quinn in his 2013 State of the State address and is part of his agenda to improve the health of the people of Illinois and increase access to quality health care.
  • /IMAGES/SHARE/Logos_Headers/HFS07/05/2013 - HFS Announces Breach of Private Information
    CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) announced today that a managed care contractor experienced a security incident that may have resulted in the disclosure of personal information of 3,133 clients of the agency, all of which are served in Cook County.
  • /IMAGES/SHARE/Logos_Headers/HFS06/20/2013 - IL Dept. of Healthcare and Family Services Reminds Primary Care Physicians to Sign Up for Enhanced Medicaid Rates By June 30
    CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) is reminding qualified primary care providers in the state’s Medicaid program to sign up online for enhanced Medicaid rates by June 30, 2013. As part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), certain qualified primary care providers will receive enhanced payments from the federal government for certain Medicaid primary care services provided through the end of 2014.
  • /IMAGES/SHARE/Logos_Headers/sealnews.gif04/24/2013 - Governor Quinn Addresses Annual Conference on Affordable Housing
    CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today addressed the annual Illinois Governor’s Conference on Affordable Housing, where he discussed his commitment to increasing homeownership opportunities, helping working families stay in their homes and stabilizing communities. The governor also thanked public-private housing leaders for partnering with the state of Illinois to create and preserve affordable housing opportunities across Illinois.
  • /IMAGES/SHARE/Logos_Headers/HFS04/01/2013 - State Child Support Offices Relocate in April
    CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) Division of Child Support Services (DCSS) is relocating its offices from 32 West Randolph in Chicago to three separate locations throughout Cook County. The office relocations will occur in three phases this spring. Services for southern and Northern Cook County will no longer be provided at the 32 West Randolph location as of May 1, 2013.
  • /IMAGES/SHARE/Logos_Headers/HFS02/22/2013 - Illinois Partnering with Centers for Medicare And Medicaid Services On Coordinated Care Plan for Medicare and Medicaid Clients
    CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) and the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced a groundbreaking joint effort to reform the way care is delivered to clients eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid Services. The Medicare-Medicaid Alignment Initiative (MMAI) demonstration project, which is designed for clients who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid (known as “dual eligible”), will provide coordinated care to more than 135,000 Medicare-Medicaid enrollees in the Chicagoland area and throughout central Illinois beginning October 2013.
  • /IMAGES/SHARE/Logos_Headers/HFS02/01/2013 - State Launches Second Phase of Integrated Care Program
    CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) today announced the second phase of the state’s Integrated Care Program (ICP) to improve health and quality of life outcomes for seniors and persons with disabilities in the Illinois Medicaid system. Beginning today, long-term services and supports (LTSS), including nursing home care and home and community based care, will now be added to the service package for the 40,000 individuals currently eligible for the ICP, which was created to keep residents healthy through more-coordinated and better medical care, helping prevent unnecessary healthcare costs.
  • /IMAGES/SHARE/Logos_Headers/HFS01/02/2013 - HFS and DHS Launch Enhanced Eligibility Verification Project
    CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) and the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) today announced the launch of a project authorized under the State’s recent Medicaid reform act to provide enhanced annual eligibility screening of clients’ income and residency to ensure that they remain eligible for services.
  • /IMAGES/SHARE/Logos_Headers/sealnews.gif01/02/2013 - HFS and DHS Launch Enhanced Eligibility Verification Project
    CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) and the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) today announced the launch of a project authorized under the State’s recent Medicaid reform act to provide enhanced annual eligibility screening of clients’ income and residency to ensure that they remain eligible for services.
  • /IMAGES/SHARE/Logos_Headers/HFS11/09/2012 - Illinois Names Eight Healthcare Plans to Care for Medicaid and Medicare Clients
    CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) today named eight health plans that were chosen to partner with the state as it moves the majority of people covered by Medicaid to systems of coordinated care. Today’s announcement involves the Medicare-Medicaid Alignment Initiative ((MMAI), a groundbreaking joint effort with the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) under which Illinois is aiming to be one of the first states in the nation to reform the way care is delivered to clients eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid Services.
  • /IMAGES/SHARE/Logos_Headers/HFS11/02/2012 - HFS Announces Breach of Private Information
    CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) announced today that a contractor working for the agency experienced a security incident that may have resulted in the disclosure of personal information of 508 clients of the agency.
  • /IMAGES/SHARE/Logos_Headers/HFS10/16/2012 - Quinn Administration Names Six Healthcare Networks to Lead Transition to Coordinated Care
    CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn and the Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) today named six healthcare networks that have been chosen initially to launch the state’s transition to greatly expanded coordinated care by 2015. The six provider groups applied to be part of the “Care Coordination Innovations Project” led by HFS Director Julie Hamos. They were selected based on their demonstrated ability to offer a holistic approach to delivering coordinated care for special populations including seniors and adults with disabilities. The Department plans to work with the other provider organizations not selected in the first round to explore possible enhancements to the project proposals.
  • /IMAGES/SHARE/Logos_Headers/sealnews.gif06/14/2012 - Governor Quinn Signs Laws to Save Medicaid
    CHICAGO – June 14, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today signed into law a package of reforms that will rescue the state’s Medicaid system from the brink of collapse and make the program sustainable for the future, one of his top priorities this legislative session.
  • /IMAGES/SHARE/Logos_Headers/sealnews.gif05/29/2012 - Statement from Governor Quinn on General Assembly Passage of Legislation to Save Medicaid
    SPRINGFIELD – May 29, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today released a statement regarding the Senate’s passage of SB 2194, which raises the price of cigarettes by $1-a-pack to prevent children from smoking, and is the final part of his plan to restructure Medicaid.
  • /IMAGES/SHARE/Logos_Headers/sealnews.gif05/25/2012 - Governor Pat Quinn Statement on House of Representatives Passage of Cigarette Tax Legislation to Rescue Medicaid
    SPRINGFIELD – May 25, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today released a statement regarding the Illinois House of Representatives passing Senate Bill 2194, a key part of his proposal for Medicaid restructuring.
  • /IMAGES/SHARE/Logos_Headers/sealnews.gif05/24/2012 - Governor Pat Quinn Statement on General Assembly Passage of Medicaid Rescue Legislation
    SPRINGFIELD – May 24, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today released a statement regarding the Illinois General Assembly passing Senate Bill 2840, a key part of his proposal for Medicaid restructuring.
  • /IMAGES/SHARE/Logos_Headers/sealnews.gif05/23/2012 - Employers Support Governor Quinn’s Plan to Rescue Public Pension and Medicaid Systems
    SPRINGFIELD – May 23, 2012. With just eight days left in the spring legislative session, Governor Pat Quinn today announced a surge of support from businesses and economic development groups across Illinois for his plans to rescue the state pension and Medicaid systems. Recognizing the positive impact the Governor’s plans will have on small and large employers, businesses throughout the state urged lawmakers to pass major pension and Medicaid stabilization reforms this spring session. More than 50 businesses and economic development groups have backed the Governor’s proposals.
  • /IMAGES/SHARE/Logos_Headers/sealnews.gif05/22/2012 - Governor Quinn Talks Pension and Medicaid Reform with Students
    OAK PARK – May 22, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today hosted a town hall meeting with students at Julian Middle School about the urgent need for pension and Medicaid reform. With just 9 days left before the end of spring legislative session, the governor continued his push to stabilize Illinois’ Medicaid and pension systems and educate the public about our fiscal challenges. During the visit, Governor Quinn took questions from 8th graders about their stake in what happens in Springfield this session and the impact that these two issues have on the future of Illinois.
  • /IMAGES/SHARE/Logos_Headers/sealnews.gif05/21/2012 - Governor Quinn Urges Lawmakers to Act Swiftly on Medicaid and Pension Restructuring
    SPRINGFIELD – May 21, 2012. With 10 days until the end of the spring legislative session, Governor Quinn today urged lawmakers to act to restructure the state’s Medicaid and pension systems. Today House Amendment 3 to Senate Bill 2840, also called the SMART Act, was filed to restructure the Medicaid system. The bill is based on the Governor’s proposal to save Medicaid, which is on the brink of collapse.