My Legislative Agenda

Rep. Greg Harris • Assistant Majority Leader Springfield Update • February 16, 2018   My Legislative Agenda   In addition to my regular legislative agenda, I am responsible for leading negotiations on behalf of the House Democratic Caucus on reform of the Hospital Assessment Program, Medicaid Reform, and our budget negotiations. Here are updates on […]

Hospital Assessment Program

Rep. Greg Harris • Assistant Majority Leader Springfield Update • February 7, 2018   Hospital Assessment Program   Last night I filed legislation to modernize the Hospital Assessment Program, which at $3.5 Billion is one of the largest funders of our Medicaid system, and also provides critical funding directly to our hospitals across Illinois.   […]

State agrees to seek more funds from feds for hospitals worried about Medicaid formula

Alexia Elejalde-RuizContact ReporterChicago Tribune The state has agreed to ask the federal government for funds to cover an additional $360 million in hospital Medicaid expenses, resolving a key point of contention while inching toward the redesign of a program that provides critical support to many Illinois medical facilities. The redesign has prompted concerns about reduced […]

Seeking Protection for All: A DACA Panel Discussion

Join Protection for All and Indivisible for a panel discussion led by DACA recipients to discuss the impact of the political turmoil in D.C. surrounding the Dream Act.   As Washington debates on this issue our neighbors are living in fear and uncertainty of whether their lives will be torn about because of deportations.  The time […]

EDITORIAL: It’s up to Illinois lawmakers to protect Obamacare from Trump

Sun-Times Editorial Board The Trump administration is trying to give millions of Americans yet another terrible deal on health care. Illinois lawmakers can — and should — pass legislation to prevent the president from bringing watered-down health care coverage to this state. A plan proposed earlier this month by the U.S. Department of Labor would expand the […]

Hospitals worry about closures, layoffs as they brace for Medicaid funding changes

Alexia Elejalde-RuizContact ReporterChicago Tribune It wasn’t long ago that Charles Holland was giving opening-day tours of the gleaming outpatient center at St. Bernard Hospital in the Englewood neighborhood, built to bring a bevy of health care services — and optimism — to a community in need of both. A year and a half later, the […]

Another Illinois Medicaid shakeup threatens hospitals

By Kristen Schorsch Crains Chicago For years nearly every Illinois hospital has paid into a pot of money that helps the state bring in more federal dollars. But the program, effectively a tax on hospitals, is dated and doesn’t reflect how much the health care industry has changed. Now, state lawmakers, the Rauner administration and […]

Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of senior care program jeopardizes services: advocates

Rachel Hinton email Being a home care worker is more than just a job for Tanya Moses. Over the seven years she’s worked with the Community Care Program, she’s found family and companionship in the two older ladies she helps after her own mother died. When she learned Gov. Bruce Rauner had vetoed House Bill […]

Massive, maligned Medicaid managed care expansion to start

John O’Connor | AP Political Writer SPRINGFIELD — A vast remaking of subsidized Medicaid health care in Illinois, nearly a year in the making and criticized all the way, is set to debut Monday. Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration will add 800,000 low-income and disabled residents to a managed care program aimed at improving efficiency, keeping people […]

Three pro-LGBTQ equality laws to take effect in the new year

Windy city times CHICAGO—Three pro-LGBTQ equality laws that were legislative priorities for Equality Illinois go into effect with the new year. As of Jan. 1, 2018, laws that ban the anti-LGBTQ panic defense, modernize birth certificate changes, and encourage LGBTQ public leadership opportunities will help build a better Illinois. “Across the country, we have seen […]