Julie Hamos was appointed Director of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services in April 2010. HFS is the largest state agency with management responsibility for the Medicaid Program and Child Support Services, a $17.7 billion budget and a staff of 2,400. Julie has been successful in launching a major expansion of care coordination and managed care for Medicaid clients, planning for national healthcare reform, and crafting a plan, in a bipartisan legislative collaboration, to rescue Medicaid by closing a $2.7 billion budget gap.
In December 2012, Julie was presented the “Excellence in Public Service Award” by Motorola Solutions Foundation, in partnership with the Civic Federation. In January 2013, Julie was named by the Chicago Tribune Business Section as one of the “People to Watch” in 2013.
Previous to this position, Julie was the elected State Representative of the 18th District for over 11 years. In the General Assembly, she served as chief sponsor for key health initiatives such as the Illinois Health Information Exchange and Technology Act; the Consumer’s Guide to Health Care; the Children’s Mental Health Act; universal hearing screening for all newborns; and the Older Adults Services Act.
In June 2004, Julie was selected as a fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government for Senior Executives in State and Local Government. She has been named "Top Legislator" by over 50 organizations, and was named "25 Women to Watch" by Crain's Chicago Business in 2007.
Long before seeking public office, for over 20 years Julie championed public interest policies and community issues as a public interest attorney, legislative counsel, community relations consultant and advocate. Julie attended Washington University for her B.A. degree (1972) and George Washington National Law Center for a J.D. degree (1975).
Julie and her family escaped from Hungary during the 1956 revolution. That experience as a seven year-old girl taught her a lesson about courage and determination that remains the driving force behind her work. She lives in Evanston with her husband, Alan Greiman, a former appellate court judge.