State Issues

IHA has a strong presence in Springfield, where we work with elected officials and policy makers in a bipartisan fashion to ensure that laws and regulations advance healthcare in Illinois.

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Mar 15, 2019

Step Up Opposition to Mandatory Nurse Staffing Ratios

National Nurses United, the powerful union that successfully pushed for nurse staffing ratios in California, is now backing HB3585.

Mar 11, 2019

IHA Hospital Advocacy Day

As part of our ongoing advocacy efforts, IHA will hold a special Hospital Advocacy Day in Springfield on Tuesday, April 30.

Mar 08, 2019

Governor Signs SB1469: Critical Access Hospital Funding/Hospital Sales Tax Exemption

Gov. J.B. Pritzker today signed IHA-backed legislation, Senate Bill 1469 (PA100-1181), at Ferrell Hospital in Eldorado.

Feb 26, 2019

IHA Summary of Governor’s FY2020 Budget Proposal

The Governor’s FY2020 budget proposal does not contain any Medicaid rate or eligibility reductions.

Feb 26, 2019

Oppose Mandatory Nurse Staffing Ratios Legislation

Several bills have been introduced in the Illinois General Assembly requiring mandatory nurse staffing ratios in hospitals.
Feb 22, 2019

IHA Opposes House Bill 3585: Mandatory Nurse Staffing Ratios

HB 3585 is overreaching, harmful and excessive and will be a major barrier to hospitals and health systems transforming healthcare to best serve their patients and communities.

Feb 19, 2019

Urge Legislators to Sponsor Medicaid Managed Care Reform

A comprehensive legislative package of Medicaid managed care reform bills developed and strongly backed by IHA was introduced in the Illinois General Assembly.  

Feb 15, 2019

IHA State Advocacy Agenda 2019

IHA’s 2019 State Advocacy Agenda—Healthy Communities—outlines nine principle healthcare policy issues, including Medicaid Managed Care oversight and an adequately funded State budget.

Jan 24, 2019

IHA Legislative Reception

IHA's Legislative Reception will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 19 in Springfield.

Nov 28, 2018

IHA Summary: Illinois General Assembly's Veto Session

The General Assembly took final action on several important hospital issues that IHA strongly advocated for during the  Veto Session.

Nov 08, 2018

IHA Advocacy Alert on Veto Session

Several issues of critical importance to the hospital community will be on the agenda for lawmakers.

Nov 08, 2018

Key Issues for Fall 2018 Veto Session

IHA fact sheets on important hospital issues in the Veto Session.

Nov 07, 2018

2018 Election Recap

IHA’s memo summarizes key results from the Nov. 6 election.

Aug 30, 2018

IHA Overview of General Assembly's Spring 2018 Session

This is a detailed summary of the key budget and healthcare bills that IHA worked on this spring.

Jun 01, 2018

General Assembly Passes State Budget with No Medicaid Cuts

The Illinois General Assembly adjourned after passing the state budget for FY2019 without any Medicaid rate cuts, and with a five-year renewal of the tax credit for investor-owned hospitals.

May 09, 2018

IHA Testimony on FY2019 State Budget

Testimony to the Illinois Senate I and II Committees, given by David Gross, IHA Senior Vice President, Government Relations

Feb 13, 2018

IHA Testimony on Hospital Assessment Redesign

Testimony to the Illinois House Appropriations-Human Service Committee, given by A.J. Wilhelmi, IHA President & CEO

Jan 30, 2018

Hospital Assessment Program Testimony

IHA testimony to the Illinois House Appropriations-Human Services Committee re: Hospital Assessment Program Redesign

Jan 17, 2018

Illinois is Getting Shortchanged

Map of Federal contribution per Medicaid beneficiary and State ranking chart

Dec 04, 2017

IL House Mental Health Committee Testimony

IHA urged state officials to ensure health plans are fully complying with parity laws. IHA supports legislation to increase transparency of health plan practices and improve parity law enforcement.

Nov 07, 2017

House Bill 4100 Testimony

In public testimony, IHA expressed the commitment of the hospital community to address workplace safety issues in the wake of incidents of violence involving nurses. 

Aug 28, 2017

Key Bills - 2017 Spring Session

In the spring legislative session, IHA blocked proposals to cut Medicaid prodiver rates by $1 billion and increase the hospital assessment by $175 million. See IHA's summary of key bills.

Mar 05, 2019

IDPH Adopts Rules Updating Lead Poisoning Testing and Reporting

IDPH adopted rules to implement PA 98-690.

Oct 10, 2018

Emergency Rules on Healthcare Worker Flu Vaccinations

IDPH has issued emergency rules concerning a healthcare worker’s ability to refuse an influenza vaccination.

Sep 11, 2018

New Hospital Requirements in Healthcare Violence Prevention

This memo highlights major components and requirements of a new state law that takes effect Jan. 1, 2019.

Sep 05, 2017

HIV Testing Changes

Two new laws make the following changes—updating required HIV testing for pregnant women and outlining the home health and health services referral policy for healthcare providers.

Nov 18, 2016

Health Care Right of Conscience Act Changes

Changes to the Health Care Right of Conscience Act (PA 99-0690) require healthcare facilities to develop protocols to ensure conscience-based objections are handled in a timely manner.

Feb 10, 2016

Human Trafficking Notice

Effective Jan. 1, 2016, the Human Trafficking Resource Center Notice Act requires hospital emergency rooms to post a public notice with human trafficking resources.

Jul 30, 2015

AIDS Confidentiality Act Changes

An amendment of the Illinois AIDS Confidentiality Act clarifies and streamlines procedural and documentation requirements for obtaining informed consent for HIV testing in healthcare facilities.