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Weekly Legislative Update – April 30, 2018

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE FROM EQUIP FOR EQUALITY

April 30, 2018

The following are disability-related bills and/or issues pending in the Illinois General Assembly that are scheduled to be heard in committee during the week of April 30, 2018:

House Appropriations-Human Services Committee
April 30, 2018, 10:00 a.m.
C600, Sixth Floor Michael A. Bilandic Building
Chicago, IL

SUBJECT MATTER: Medicaid IT and Eligibility Issues.

  • To file an electronic witness slip for subject matter hearing: Click

 

House Revenue & Finance Committee
May 2, 2018, 2:30 p.m.
C600, Sixth Floor Michael A. Bilandic Building
Chicago, IL

HR 1025, Representative  Michael J. Madigan

Supports the implementation of a progressive income tax in Illinois.

  • To read full text of HR 1025: Click
  • To file an electronic witness slip on HR 1025: Click

 

House Human Services Committee
May 3, 2018, 2:30 p.m.
C600, Sixth Floor Michael A. Bilandic Building
Chicago, IL

SUBJECT MATTER: DCFS Child Protection Issues.

  • To file an electronic witness slip for subject matter hearing: Click

 

House Elementary & Secondary Education: School Curriculum & Policies Committee
May 4, 2018, 10:00 a.m.
C600, Sixth Floor Michael A. Bilandic Building
Chicago, IL

SUBJECT MATTER: CPS’ Special Education Policy.

  • To file an electronic witness slip for subject matter hearing: Click

 

Senate Education Committee
May 1, 2018, 3:00 p.m.
Room 212, Capitol Building
Springfield, IL

HB 4409, Senator Kimberly A. Lightford

Amends the School Code. In the Article governing children with disabilities, provides that, amongst other meanings, a “school psychologist” means a person who holds a valid Nationally Certified School Psychologist credential (rather than certificate). Removes from the definition of “school psychologist” the requirement that a psychologist have additional qualifications as may be required by the State Board of Education.

  • To read full text of HB 4409: Click
  • To file an electronic witness slip on HB 4409: Click

 

Senate Human Services Committee
May 1, 2018, 4:00 p.m.
Room 409, Capitol Building
Springfield, IL

HB 4383, Senator Heather A. Steans

Amends the Medical Assistance Article of the Illinois Public Aid Code. Provides that disenrollment of a Medicaid enrollee from a managed care organization under contract with the Department of Healthcare and Family Services shall be in accordance with specified federal requirements whenever a contract is terminated between a Medicaid managed care health plan and a primary care provider that results in a disruption to the Medicaid enrollee’s provider-beneficiary relationship.

  • To read full text of HB 4383: Click
  • To file an electronic witness slip on HB 4383: Click

 

HB 4847, Senator Iris Martinez

Amends the Adult Protective Services Act. Expands the definition of “eligible adult” to include an adult who resides in any of the facilities that are excluded from the definition of “domestic living situation” if either: (i) the alleged abuse or neglect occurs outside of the facility and not under facility supervision and the alleged abuser is a family member, caregiver, or another person with a continuing relationship with the adult; or (ii) the alleged financial exploitation is perpetrated by a family member, caregiver, or another person with a continuing relationship with the adult, but who is not an employee of the facility where the adult resides.

  • To read full text of HB 4847: Click
  • To file an electronic witness slip on HB 4847: Click

 

Senate State Government Committee
May 2, 2018, 3:00 p.m.
Room 409, Capitol Building
Springfield, IL

SB 3211, SFA 1, Senator Sam McCann

Amends the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission Act. Provides that the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission shall be composed of 11 Commissioners (currently, members) that are appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate. Requires at least 7 (currently, 6) commissioners of the Commission to be people who are deaf, deafblind, or hard of hearing. Specifies the membership of the Commission. Modifies the qualifications and duties of the Director of the Commission. Provides that the added Director qualifications shall apply to anyone who becomes Director on or after the effective date of this amendatory Act. Establishes the Director as the chief executive officer of the Commission. Modifies a Section concerning the powers and duties of the Commission. Creates separate provisions specifying the powers of the Commission. Authorizes the Commission to make specified grants, bequests, agreements, and contracts. Defines “commissioner”.

  • To read full test of SB 3211, SFA 1: Click
  • To file an electronic witness slip on SB 3211, SFA 1: Click

 

Senate Insurance Committee
May 2, 2018, 4:45 p.m.
Room 400, Capitol Building
Springfield, IL

SUBJECT MATTER ONLY: SB 3213, Senator Melinda A. Bush

Amends the Illinois Insurance Code. Provides that, for purposes of treatment in the early stages of a mental health condition, a group or individual policy of accident and health insurance or managed care plan that is amended, delivered, issued, or renewed shall provide coverage for the treatment of serious mental illnesses and serious emotional disturbances. Provides that coverage shall include, but not be limited to, certain evidence-based and evidence-informed bundled treatment approaches. Provides that payment for the services performed under the treatment models shall be based on all the components of the treatment model combined, rather than for each separate service. Provides that disability or functional impairment shall not be a precondition to receive treatment under the provisions. Provides that if federal regulations require the State to defray the cost of coverage for serious mental illnesses or serious emotional disturbances, then the provisions are inoperative and the State shall not assume any obligation for the cost of the coverage. Makes conforming changes in the State Employee Group Insurance Act of 1971, the Counties Code, the Illinois Municipal Code, the School Code, the Health Maintenance Organization Act, the Limited Health Service Organization Act, and the Voluntary Health Services Plans Act. Provides that the amendatory Act may be referred to as the Fair Insurance Coverage for Early Treatment of Serious Mental Health Conditions Act.

  • To read full text of SB 3213: Click
  • To file an electronic witness slip on SB 3213: Click

  

NOTE: If you wish to take any action regarding any of these bills/issues, you may wish to attend the committee hearing and/or contact the members of the Committee conducting the hearing and/or the legislators in your home district.  The names, addresses, and telephone numbers oall legislators, both Representatives and Senators, can be found on the Illinois General Assembly website at: www.ilga.gov. You may check this website to find out if any of the committee hearing dates or times have been changed, which may happen upon very short notice. You may also use this website to file an electronic witness slip for any bill that is posted for hearing by clicking on “GA Dashboard” on the homepage.

 

For additional information, please contact:
Cheryl R. Jansen | Public Policy Director
Equip for Equality
cherylj2@equipforequality.org
217-544-0464 ext. 6013

Last updated: May 07, 2018

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