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May 2016

Making Medicaid Manageable

alt tagHealth literacy is a trendy topic these days, but sometimes the health care system is so confusing that it's impossible for people to make informed decisions. The system – not people – needs to get smarter

Health advocates, led by EverThrive Illinois, Heartland Alliance and the AIDS Foundation of Chicago worked with state lawmakers to develop legislation that would make it easier for people to access clear and accurate information about their health care.

HB6213 – the Empowering Meaningful Choice in Medicaid Managed Care Act – would better position healthcare consumers to pick a plan that meets their needs and delivers high-quality care. The bill would let Medicaid Managed Care consumers access more up-to-date provider directories; see clear guides showing what drugs are and are not covered; compare plans by performance measures; and know who to call if they have problems getting care. More details are in this fact sheet.

The bill has passed the House and Senate with unanimous support, and is close to becoming law. A few amendments bringing technical changes just need to be voted on before it's sent to the Governor for his signature. Here's hoping that happens soon.

Take Action!

The State of Illinois has languished without a budget for nearly a year. Human service organizations are hurt by their inaction. If you havehad enough, there are things you can do so your voice is heard.

Join The Responsible Budget Coalition, which is leading the fight for a fair and reasonable budget that works for all people in Illinois.

Call your lawmaker and tell them to pass a budget before May 31, the end of the fiscal year.

In case you missed it

STATE LAWMAKERS PROPOSE A SODA TAX to help the State break even. The proposal would impose a penny-per-ounce tax on distributors of bottled sugar-sweetened beverages, syrups or powders.

ILLINOIS MAY END TAMPON TAX, stopping the current practice of a 6.25% levy on feminine hygiene products. State Senator Melinda Bush, the lead sponsor, calls the bill a step toward equality.

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