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Public Act 095-0986




Public Act 095-0986
HB3286 Re-Enrolled LRB095 06739 NHT 26853 b

    AN ACT concerning education.
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
    Section 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the
Illinois Health Policy Center Act.
    Section 5. Legislative intent. Illinois legislators and
other governmental officials are charged with an increasingly
complex task of creating and implementing laws and regulations
to advance the health and health care of the people of
Illinois. The challenge has grown because of escalating costs
of health care that take an increasingly large share of State
resources and because of the increasingly complex nature of
treating illnesses that makes monitoring and ensuring quality
more difficult.
    As Illinois' statewide public institution of higher
learning, with the nation's largest medical school, and
graduate programs in health and public policy, health services
research, pharmacy, public administration, and health
economics, the University of Illinois has the breadth and depth
of expertise as well as a mission to serve as an authoritative
and objective information resource to the legislative branches
of government and to State agencies.
    Section 10. Center created; goals.
    (a) The Illinois Health Policy Center is created within the
University of Illinois, to be sponsored by the University of
Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine and the University of
Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs. In
implementing this Act, the University shall also consult with
and seek the participation of all other public universities in
    (b) The goals of the Illinois Health Policy Center are:
        (1) To support legislators and other government
    officials in developing and implementing health policy to
    address critical issues facing the State of Illinois.
        (2) To focus on identifying "best practices"
    appropriate for Illinois through careful and objective
    review of the latest scientific research and through
    comparative analyses of other states' policies.
    Section 15. Center's duties. The Illinois Health Policy
Center shall do the following:
        (1) Respond to requests from State government
    officials and agencies requiring analytical support and
    guidance in matters related to the development and
    implementation of health policy.
        (2) Provide data collection, data analysis, program
    planning, program implementation, and program evaluation.
        (3) Identify critical issues in health policy in need
    of timely action.
        (4) Produce timely and objective information to help
    guide policy development and implementation.
        (5) Operate a phone line and interactive website
    available to legislative staff or other policymakers
    seeking rapid and timely information.
        (6) Pursue a research agenda that focuses on State
    health care policy.
    Section 20. Advisory Panel.
    (a) The Illinois Health Policy Center Advisory Panel is
created. The Advisory Panel shall consist of 13 members as
        (1) Four legislators, appointed one each by the
    President of the Senate, the Minority Leader of the Senate,
    the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the
    Minority Leader of the House of Representatives.
        (2) One representative of each of the following groups,
    appointed by consensus of the President of the Senate, the
    Minority Leader of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of
    Representatives, and the Minority Leader of the House of
    Representatives upon the recommendations of those 4
    legislative leaders: hospitals; medical societies; managed
    care companies; and insurance companies.
        (3) One representative of patient advocacy groups,
    appointed by the Governor.
        (4) The Director of the Department of Human Services,
    or his designee.
        (5) The Director of the Department of Healthcare and
    Family Services, or his designee.
        (6) The Director of the Department of Public Health, or
    his designee.
        (7) One additional member, appointed by the Governor.
    (b) The Advisory Panel shall provide advice and oversight
concerning the creation and operation of the Illinois Health
Policy Center.
    (c) The Illinois Health Policy Center shall submit a report
each calendar year to the Governor and the General Assembly.
The report shall contain:
        (1) An itemized list of the source and amount of funds
    of the Illinois Health Policy Center.
        (2) An itemized list of expenditures made by the
    Illinois Health Policy Center.
        (3) A summary of research activities undertaken since
    the submission of the preceding report.
        (4) A description of advocacy activities undertaken
    since the submission of the preceding report.

Effective Date: 6/1/2009