Issues in the Illinois General Assembly

Click here for bills that IAFP is tracking in Springfield with Illinois Capitol Group
Visiting with your legislator does not have to be stressful and may start a fruitful relationship for your community and career. The information on the IAFP Legislator Advocacy Resource Center ranges from general tips to specific details on various industry related topics that are important to the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians and our members.

IAFP-led joint letter to the Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) as they establish the policy work/guidance/general infrastructure needed to support opening the associated reimbursement coverage for Medicaid fee-for-service and managed care in the Mental Health Collaborative Care Model.

2022 End of Session Report with information on our priority legislation
2021 End of Session Report  

Support HB3498 Protect Access to TelehealthFact Sheet and Press Release from the Coalition to Protect Telehealth. Read the
IAFP statement on telehealth - September 2020 

Prior Authorization IAFP is part of the Your Care Can’t Wait Coalition, a group of healthcare and patient advocacy organizations that support the Prior Authorization Reform Act. The comprehensive, bipartisan bills, House Bill 711 and SB 177, address patient and physician concerns about the delays caused by the prior authorization processes used by state-regulated health insurance plans.

Support HB 347 (with Senate Amendment 1) to improve immunization data and reimbursement rates for children in Illinois. Link to a fact sheet here

Support SB 697/HB 2595 - Health is Health - which amends the Illinois Insurance Code to ensure that all Medicaid MCOs and commercial insurer medical necessity determinations concerning mental health and substance use disorders are fully consistent with generally accepted standards of care. IAFP is a member of the Health is Health campaign.

Support SB109 which aligns Illinois state law with national standards by removing the witness signature on POLST (Practitioner Orders For Life Sustaining Treatment) forms. Illinois is one of only two states that has a witness requirement for state sanctioned POLST forms, making it a national outlier. Fact Sheet.

Support HB1063 - Decriminalization of HIV.  Fact Sheet including IAFP as a support organization.  AAFP Policy in support. 

IAFP co-signed letter with ICAAP and IHA to IDHFS requesting the agency assigns a reasonable reimbursement to CPT codes 99492, 99493, 99494, and G0512 to comply with the law that took effect in 2020 providing target payments for behavioral health care in the collaborative call model.

Doula coverage: Representative LaToya Greenwood has re-filed HB 354 to allow for Medicaid reimbursement of doula and home visiting services in Illinois. IAFP supports this bill, which is contained in a larger healthcare reform package signed into law in April 2021 as part of an Illinois Legislative Black Caucus initiative, see IAFP's full bill review.  Here is a link to the factsheet.