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May 29, 2013 

 

Greetings from HFS Director Julie Hamos

Welcome to another periodic edition of HFS e-news to keep you updated on program changes. To register for future editions, please visit HFS E-News Online Registration or download for others who might be interested by visiting: hfs.illinois.gov/enews. If you are a Medicaid client, this newsletter is not the official notification of any changes that may impact you, and you do not have to respond in any way. This is general information for the public. Thank you,

Julie Hamos

Affordable Care Act Legislation Passes Legislature

Under the Affordable Care Act, SB 26 will expand Medicaid coverage to about 342,000 low-income Illinois citizens who have been excluded from Medicaid: adults without dependent children. SB 26 has now passed both houses of the General Assembly. Thanks to all who worked so hard to convince your legislators that healthcare coverage – whether through Medicaid, individual insurance under the Health Insurance Marketplace, or group insurance through employer-sponsored insurance – will mean healthier people throughout the state! Coverage will begin January 1, 2014.

Town Hall Meeting Announced

The federal government has given the state a grant to form the “Alliance for Health,” which is led by Governor Pat Quinn. The Alliance is looking for ways to improve the health of people and their communities, improve the quality of health care, and lower costs to make health care affordable.

The Governor’s office is holding a Town Hall meeting on June 6, 2013, from 4 p.m. -6 p.m. at the James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph Street, Room #2-025, Chicago and at the State Library #403, 300 S. Second Street, Springfield. To facilitate planning for the meeting please RSVP at: http://www2.illinois.gov/gov/healthcarereform/Pages/AllianceRSVP.aspx

We want to hear from people who will be willing to share their stories and ideas that can help make health better for everyone. Please see the Town Hall questions on the Alliance website that will provide a structure for the meeting.

All details are posted on the Alliance website at:   http://www2.illinois.gov/gov/healthcarereform/Pages/Alliance.aspx
You can also ask questions or send comments on the website. 

Please feel free to ask questions or share comments by e-mailing: hfs.webmaster@illinois.gov