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20 ILCS 2310/2310-710

    (20 ILCS 2310/2310-710)
    (Text of Section from P.A. 102-722)
    Sec. 2310-710. Emergency Medical Services personnel; continuing training on Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.
    (a) In this Section, "Emergency Medical Services personnel" means a person licensed or registered under any of the levels of licensure defined in Section 3.50 of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems Act, including, but not limited to, Emergency Medical Technician, Emergency Medical Technician-Intermediate, Advanced Emergency Medical Technician, Paramedic (EMT-P), or Emergency Medical Responder.
    (b) For license renewals occurring on or after January 1, 2023, Emergency Medical Services personnel must complete at least one one-hour course of training on the diagnosis, treatment, and care of individuals with Alzheimer's disease or other dementias per license renewal period. This training shall include, but not be limited to, assessment and diagnosis, effective communication strategies, and management and care planning.
    (c) Emergency Medical Services personnel may count one hour for completion of the course toward meeting the minimum credit hours required for Emergency Medical Services personnel relicensure requirements.
    (d) Any training on Alzheimer's disease and other dementias applied to meet any other State licensure requirement, professional accreditation or certification requirement, or health care institutional practice agreement may count toward the continuing education required under this Section.
    (e) The Department may adopt rules for the implementation of this Section.
(Source: P.A. 102-772, eff. 5-13-22.)
 
    (Text of Section from P.A. 102-886)
    Sec. 2310-710. Safety-Net Hospital Health Equity and Access Leadership (HEAL) Grant Program.
    (a) Findings. The General Assembly finds that there are communities in Illinois that experience significant health care disparities, as recently emphasized by the COVID-19 pandemic, aggravated by social determinants of health and a lack of sufficient access to high quality healthcare resources, particularly community-based services, preventive care, obstetric care, chronic disease management, and specialty care. Safety-net hospitals, as defined under the Illinois Public Aid Code, serve as the anchors of the health care system for many of these communities. Safety-net hospitals not only care for their patients, they also are rooted in their communities by providing jobs and partnering with local organizations to help address the social determinants of health, such as food, housing, and transportation needs.
    However, safety-net hospitals serve a significant number of Medicare, Medicaid, and uninsured patients, and therefore, are heavily dependent on underfunded government payers, and are heavily burdened by uncompensated care. At the same time, the overall cost of providing care has increased substantially in recent years, driven by increasing costs for staffing, prescription drugs, technology, and infrastructure.
    For all of these reasons, the General Assembly finds that the long term sustainability of safety-net hospitals is threatened. While the General Assembly is providing funding to the Department to be paid to support the expenses of specific safety-net hospitals in State Fiscal Year 2023, such annual, ad hoc funding is not a reliable and stable source of funding that will enable safety-net hospitals to develop strategies to achieve long term sustainability. Such annual, ad hoc funding also does not provide the State with transparency and accountability to ensure that such funding is being used effectively and efficiently to maximize the benefit to members of the community.
    Therefore, it is the intent of the General Assembly that the Department of Public Health and the Department of Healthcare and Family Services jointly provide options and recommendations to the General Assembly by February 1, 2023, for the establishment of a permanent Safety-Net Hospital Health Equity and Access Leadership (HEAL) Grant Program, in accordance with this Section. It is the intention of the General Assembly that during State fiscal years 2024 through 2029, the Safety-Net Hospital Health Equity and Access Leadership (HEAL) Grant Program shall be supported by an annual funding pool of up to $100,000,000, subject to appropriation.
    (b) By February 1, 2023, the Department of Public Health and the Department of Healthcare and Family Services shall provide a joint report to the General Assembly on options and recommendations for the establishment of a permanent Safety-Net Hospital Health Equity and Access Leadership (HEAL) Grant Program to be administered by the State. For this report, "safety-net hospital" means a hospital identified by the Department of Healthcare and Family Services under Section 5-5e.1 of the Illinois Public Aid Code. The Departments of Public Health and Healthcare and Family Services may consult with the statewide association representing a majority of hospitals and safety-net hospitals on the report. The report may include, but need not be limited to:
        (1) Criteria for a safety-net hospital to be
    
eligible for the program, such as:
            (A) The hospital is a participating provider in
        
at least one Medicaid managed care plan.
            (B) The hospital is located in a medically
        
underserved area.
            (C) The hospital's Medicaid utilization rate
        
(for both inpatient and outpatient services).
            (D) The hospital's Medicare utilization rate
        
(for both inpatient and outpatient services).
            (E) The hospital's uncompensated care
        
percentage.
            (F) The hospital's role in providing access to
        
services, reducing health disparities, and improving health equity in its service area.
            (G) The hospital's performance on quality
        
indicators.
        (2) Potential projects eligible for grant funds
    
which may include projects to reduce health disparities, advance health equity, or improve access to or the quality of healthcare services.
        (3) Potential policies, standards, and procedures to
    
ensure accountability for the use of grant funds.
        (4) Potential strategies to generate federal
    
Medicaid matching funds for expenditures under the program.
        (5) Potential policies, processes, and procedures for
    
the administration of the program.
(Source: P.A. 102-886, eff. 5-17-22.)