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Recent Health Reform-Related Comments From Health and Medicine

Health & Medicine Policy Research Group (HMPRG)
February 13, 2014
An important part of health and healthcare advocacy is providing relevant testimony and commentary for different legislative, regulatory, and other reform efforts.  

Health and Medicine knows this well, both as longtime advocates and in our recent efforts to engage stakeholders in the 1115 Medicaid waiver process.  In addition to the role of organizing public stakeholder meetings and collecting and summarizing comments from stakeholders, we provided our own analysis and commentary on the 1115 waiver.  (If you’re interested in highlights regarding the hundreds of comments we summarized and categorized, check out this recent blog post.)

Relatedly, as the ACA required Illinois to provide an Alternative Benefit Plan that defines the coverage for those covered by the Medicaid expansion, HFS provided an opportunity for individuals and organizations to submit comments.  

We’re happy to share Health and Medicine’s input on these important healthcare reform efforts with others working to improve the health and healthcare of all Illinoisans.

Comments for Illinois’ Medicaid Alternative Benefit Plan:

Health and Medicine’s Comments regarding Illinois’ Alternative Benefit Plan

Commentary for Illinois’ Medicaid 1115 Waiver:

Health and Medicine submitted comments in reaction to the draft of the Illinois Medicaid 1115 Waiver application and also sent a letter to Health Management Associates regarding the issue of charity care being listed as a requirement for participating in the Access Assurance Pool, as outlined in the Delivery System Transformation section of the waiver application.  The Access Assurance Pool can provide a significant lever for increasing access to care for those who remain un- and under-insured, a major area of interest for Health and Medicine and other advocates in the State.

Health and Medicine’s Comments on the 1115 Draft Application

Letter to Health Management Associates Regarding Charity Care and the Access Assurance Pool in Illinois’ Medicaid 1115 Waiver

What’s next?

An updated 1115 Medicaid Waiver application that will be sent to the Federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on March 11th has been made available for review here.  Health and Medicine is working with the State on holding hearings on February 14, 2014 in Springfield and on February 20, 2014 in Chicago (register here).  Individuals can provide written or oral testimony at either of these hearings and the State will be accepting comments until February 20, 2014.  See the State’s 1115 Waiver page for more details on how to submit comments.

Health and Medicine is continuing to analyze the 1115 waiver application and the comments that advocates submitted.  Check back here often as we will be sharing additional analysis in the coming weeks and months.