|Public Act 095-0645
||LRB095 07660 DRJ 29263 b
AN ACT concerning health.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
This Act may be cited as the
Access Network Act.
The purpose of this Act is to provide
aid to existing primary health care safety nets for specialty
care that will allow the development of a comprehensive system
of health care services.
In this Act, "Department" means the
Department of Public Health.
The Department shall establish a
Health Access Network pilot program in Kane County. The program
shall provide funding for and coordination of health care
services that include comprehensive case management and
ancillary services to support treatment goals. In particular,
the program shall provide specialty health care services,
pharmaceutical drug assistance, and diagnostic testing for
individuals who are not eligible for medical assistance under
the Illinois Public Aid Code and who do not have other health
insurance coverage. The program shall emphasize providing
services in relation to the top health care issues as
identified by Kane County's "IPLAN" community health
assessment and planning process and the Top Ten Diseases as
determined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Lead agency; grant.
(a) The Department shall designate an entity to serve as
the lead agency in administering the pilot program. Any entity
located in Kane County that has established consortia of health
entities may apply for designation as the lead agency and for a
grant under this Section. The Department shall determine the
form and manner of application. The application must state the
name and address of the proposed lead agency.
(b) Any entity, or a group of individuals or entities or a
combination of both, located in a county with a population of
less than 100,000 that is contiguous to Kane County may join
with an entity described in subsection (a) in applying for a
grant under this Section to establish the pilot program to
serve a multi-county area that includes Kane County. The lead
agency for such a multi-county program must be located in Kane
(c) The Department shall award a grant to the lead agency
designated under subsection (a) for the purpose of
administering the pilot program. The lead agency shall use the
grant moneys to administer and coordinate pilot program
activities within the county or counties of the program's
operation and shall develop community partnerships necessary
to implement the pilot program.
The Department, in cooperation with the
lead agency designated under Section 20, shall submit a report
on the operation of the pilot program to the General Assembly
after the pilot program has been in operation for 18 months.
The report shall include the Department's recommendations
concerning the continued operation of the Health Access Network
program and its expansion to other areas of the State.
Implementation subject to appropriations.
Implementation of this Act is subject to appropriations made to
the Department for that purpose.
This Act takes effect upon