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Health Reform Initiatives 


ACA Adult Medicaid Clients

The state of Illinois is committed to increasing access to health care to low-income individuals who have previously been ineligible for Medicaid. The Affordable Care Act eliminates the gap in coverage for adults without dependent children who are not currently eligible for Medicaid regardless of their income status. The federal government is offering to pay 100% of the costs for the new category of Medicaid clients through 2016 (phased down to 90% by 2020). For more information on the newly eligible Medicaid population, please visit the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services.  

Alliance for Health: State Innovation Model Grant

On February 21, 2013 Illinois was awarded a State Innovation Model grant from the federal Department of Health and Human Services Innovation Center. This funding focused on planning efforts around delivering high-quality health care, lowering costs, and improving health system performance. Illinois was awarded an additional State Innovation Model grant in 2015. More informaiton about health care transformation is available here.

Community Transformation Grant: We Choose Health

The Illinois Department of Public Health was awarded a multi-million dollar grant to implement activities throughout Illinois that focus on tobacco-free living, active living and healthy eating, quality clinical and other preventive services, social and emotional wellness, and fostering healthy and safe physical environments. We Choose Health funded efforts by local organizations, health providers, schools, businesses and other community groups statewide other than in Cook, Kane, DuPage, Lake and Will counties. More information is available here

Governor's Council on Physical Fitness

The Council on Physical Fitness was established in 1998 and has recently been revived to help promote the Walk Across Illinois initiative. The Council, co-chaired by Jarrett Payton and retired physical education teacher Sandy Noel, is working to promote Walk Across Illinois and the Walk Across Illinois-Schools initiative. The Council is also working with the Illinois Chamber of Commerce Healthcare Council to promote Walk Across Illinois as a worksite wellness activity. To begin tracking your miles across Illinois, click here.

Illinois Health Information Exchange

The Illinois Health Information Exchange (ILHIE) is a statewide, secure electronic transport network for sharing clinical and administrative data among health care providers in Illinois and bordering states.  The exchange is designed as a secure environment to improve the health of the people of Illinois through better and more informed decision-making enabled by the quick exchange of, and access to patient information such as medical records, labs, immunizations and prescriptions at the point of care.  The Illinois Health Information Exchange Authority (ILHIE Authority) was established to oversee the ILHIE network; the Illinois Office of Health Information Technology (OHIT) is working with the ILHIE Authority to support the development of the ILHIE.  For more information on the ILHIE, please visit the ILHIE website.

School Based Health Centers

The Affordable Care Act provided funds to states to expand School Based Health Center programs. Illinois received funding for this expansion which helps support eighteen organizations that provide school based health care access across Illinois.

Public Health Associates Program (PHAP)

PHAP is a two year fellowship program run by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) for recent graduates interested in public health and supported in part by the Affordable Care Act. Gretchen Paule, a fellow in her first year of the program, is currently working at the Clay County Health Department, gaining valuable experience as a public health professional.