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  1. Article number 1 - Medicaid Reforms
  2. Article number 2 - Care Coordination
  3. Article number 3 - Child Support Services
  4. Article number 4 - Integrated Care Program
  5. Article number 5 - Hospital Rate Reform Initiative
  6. Article number 6 - Affordable Care Act
  •  Medicaid ReformsMedicaid Reforms

    The FY 2013 state budget required significant spending reductions and new revenues to fill a $2.7 billion budget hole in the Medicaid Program. You can view copies of new laws, fact sheets, as well as notices to Medicaid recipients and providers that will implement the package of new laws.
  •  Coordinated CareCare Coordination

    The Medicaid reform law [PA 96-1501], requires that by January 1, 2015, at least 50 percent of the individuals covered under Medicaid be enrolled in a care coordination program that organizes care around their medical needs. This means at least 1.5 million of Illinois’ Medicaid clients – children, parents, seniors and disabled persons – will be assigned to an integrated healthcare delivery system replacing the current fragmented system.
  •  Child Support Services

    Child support services are available to all families with parents living separately. The child support program will work with you to establish legal parentage, to establish an order for support, or to modify or enforce a child support order. Whether you are a mother or a father, free services are available to you - regardless of your income. If you are raising a child and need help in obtaining support, Healthcare and Family Services can work with you. If you are a parent who pays child support, and you have lost your job, we may be able to help you have your child support amount adjusted. All it takes is an e-mail to:
  •  Integrated Care Program

    The Integrated Care Program (ICP) is built on a foundation of well-resourced medical homes with an emphasis on wellness, preventive care, effective evidence-based management of Chronic Health Conditions and coordination and continuity of care. It is a program for older adults and adults with disabilities who are eligible for Medicaid but not Medicare. It is a mandatory program and operates in suburban Cook (zip codes that do not begin with “606”), DuPage, Kane, Kankakee, Lake and Will Counties.
  •  Hospital Rate Reform Initiative

    The Department of Healthcare and Family Services is launching an important initiative to restructure and modernize the payment methodology for Medicaid inpatient and outpatient hospital rates. The sessions will be open forums to discuss the healthcare environment under Illinois’ new Medicaid reform law and the federal Affordable Care Act, key issues related to the current rate structure, a review of rate reform efforts in other states, and principles to incorporate in a new rate methodology.
  •  Illinois FamilyAffordable Care Act

    The Affordable Care Act (ACA—also known as Health Reform) will expand access to healthcare to an estimated 1 million Illinois residents who do not currently have coverage. It will do this by financing a new category of low-income adults under Medicaid, and by creating Health Benefit Exchanges where individuals and families can buy private insurance that is subsidized by the federal government, depending on their income. Illinois is working hard to implement both expansions of coverage under the ACA.
Welcome to the Web site for Healthcare and Family Services, the state agency dedicated to improving the lives of Illinois families through healthcare coverage and child support services. Our mission is to empower Illinois residents to lead healthier and more independent lives by providing adequate access to healthcare coverage at a reasonable cost, and by establishing and enforcing child support obligations. We are proud to make a positive difference in the lives of Illinoisans.

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