102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2021 and 2022
Introduced 2/17/2021, by Rep. Lamont J. Robinson, Jr.
SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:
30 ILCS 105/5.935 new
Creates the Medicaid Technical Assistance Center Act. Requires the
Department of Healthcare and Family Services to establish a Medicaid
Technical Assistance Center (Center). Provides that the Center shall
operate as a cross-system educational resource to strengthen the business
infrastructure of health care provider organizations in Illinois to
ultimately increase the capacity, access, health equity, and quality of
Illinois' Medicaid managed care programs: HealthChoice Illinois and
YouthCare. Requires the Center to be established within the Department's
Office of Medicaid Innovation. Requires the Center to collaborate with
public and private partners throughout the State to identify, establish,
and maintain best practices necessary for health providers to ensure their
capacity to participate in HealthChoice Illinois or YouthCare. Requires
the Center to: (i) create and administer ongoing trainings for health care
providers; (ii) maintain an independent, easy to navigate, and up-to-date
website; and (iii) host regional learning collaboratives that will
supplement the Center's training curriculum to bring together groups of
stakeholders to share issues and best practices, and to escalate issues.
Requires the Department to maximize federal financial participation for
any moneys appropriated to the Department for the Medicaid Technical
Assistance Center. Provides that any federal financial participation funds
obtained shall be used for the further development and expansion of the
Medicaid Technical Assistance Center. Amends the State Finance Act.
Creates the Medicaid Technical Assistance Center Fund. Effective
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AN ACT concerning public aid.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
This Act may be cited as the
Medicaid Technical Assistance Act.
The General Assembly finds as
(1) This Act seeks to remedy a fraction of a much
larger broken system by addressing access to health care,
managed care organization reform, mental and substance
abuse treatment services, and services to address the
social determinants of health.
(2) Illinois transitioned Medicaid services to managed
care with the goals of achieving better health outcomes
for the Medicaid population and reducing the per capita
costs of health care.
(3) Illinois benefits when people have support
constructing the sturdy foundation of health and
well-being that we all need to reach our potential.
Medicaid managed care can be a vital tool in ensuring that
people have the full range of supports that form this
foundation, including services from community providers
that address behavioral health needs, as well as related