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Signs SB 1773, protecting safety net and rural hospitals while sustaining Medicaid program

CHICAGO – Governor Bruce Rauner signed bipartisan legislation today that protects safety net and rural hospitals while ensuring continued federal support for quality healthcare to more than three million Illinoisans.

Senate Bill 1773 ensures the state will continue to receive federal matching funds to offer services for Medicaid beneficiaries through the Hospital Assessment Program, which brings in $3.5 billion annually. 

The Hospital Assessment Program is set to expire at the end of June. A bipartisan group of legislators worked with the Illinois Health and Hospital Association and the Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) to redesign the program, create a more equitable reimbursement process, and ensure more efficient use of taxpayer dollars.
By Sam Dunklau | NPR Illinois

Illinois hospitals are one step closer to saving a program that generates a lot of money used to treat low-income patients. State lawmakers overwhelmingly approved a plan on Wednesday that revamps the so-called hospital assessment program. 

Under the program,  Illinois hospitals front money to take care of people with government health insurance. Federal matching payments then add $3.5 billion more...

State Representative Patti Bellock, a Republican from Hinsdale, said...

“Every one of your hospitals is going to receive money. Everybody in the state of Illinois will receive good access and excellent quality of care,” she explained before the vote....

Rep. Patti Bellock, R-Hinsdale, working with young medical students from the University of Illinois at Chicago, Northwestern University and University of Chicago Hospital involved in the LEAD program who did research forming public policy for legislators on important medical issues. Here the students are presenting Rep. Bellock with a certificate in honor of her work from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

State Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) joined Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti, Aptar CEO Stephan Tanda and Adapt Pharma President of U.S. Operations Mike Kelly at a press conference today on the opioid epidemic in the State of Illinois and how naloxone is helping in the fight against it. Aptar and Adapt will jointly donate 4,000 doses of NARCAN® Nasal Spray to the Illinois Governor’s Opioid Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force, which the Illinois Department of Public Health will accept on behalf of the state. An additional 1,000 doses will be donated to the McHenry County Substance Abuse Coalition, near Aptar’s Crystal Lake headquarters.
State Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) poses with Elmhurst Park District officials and staff at a luncheon during the "Soaring to New Heights" conference for over 1,000 park and recreation district staff and commissioners across Illinois, sponsored by the Illinois Association of Park Districts and the Illinois Park & Recreation Association

Angela Underwood | DuPage Policy Journal

Rep. Patricia Bellock (R-Hinsdale) will not give up on seeing further awareness for mental health and addiction parity in the insurance industry.

“I just want to say I feel that Illinois going back 15 years ago, we did one of the first parity laws in the state of Illinois, then we did a second parity law even before the feds ever did a parity law, so I think we are on the right track, I just think we all need to pull together,” Bellock said at Friday's House Mental Health Committee hearing on addiction parity, which dealt largely with mentally ill and addicted patients not receiving timely care due to insurance coverage that has proven to result in death. ..
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