Senator Steans

March 5, 2018

Dear Friends,

 

Senator Steans on the Seante floor.I am proud to tell you that hospitals that serve Medicaid patients would continue to benefit from federal funding under a measure I sponsored that passed the Senate last week. I have been working with my colleagues for several months to develop a new Medicaid Hospital Assessment that is fair to patients and hospitals.

 

The Medicaid Hospital Assessment Program was designed to leverage federal matching funds to cover the cost of services provided to Medicaid patients in private Illinois hospitals. In total, the program distributes $3.5 billion in funding. Hospitals are not reimbursed for the full cost of treating Medicaid patients and rely on these payments to help some of the neediest Illinoisans.

 

Currently, hospitals receive a flat payment based on a variety of factors, such as the number of Medicaid patients they serve. The new program would use more recent patient data and phase in a claims-based payment model over the next six years. Under a claims-based model, money would be tied to the patient.

 

The legislation also includes additional funding for Safety-Net and Critical Access hospitals. These organizations play a vital role in our communities, and many treat a higher percentage of Medicaid patients. Additionally, the legislation includes funding to support hospitals that are transforming to serve their community. Examples of these transformations include adding dialysis centers, long-term care facilities and other creative ways to profitably use space within hospitals.

 

Nearly half of the annual Medicaid payment funds are set to expire under Illinois statute on June 30, 2018. The assessment laid out in Senate Bill 1773 requires state and federal approval before it can take effect. This legislation is currently on the governor’s desk. I urge the governor and the federal government to review this proposal immediately so that service to patients in Illinois will not be disrupted.

 

As always, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 773-769-1717 or reach out online with any questions or concerns.

 

Sincerely,
Heather Steans
Senator Heather Steans
7th District – Illinois

 

Gun legislation advances

 

I co-sponsored legislation to require anyone in the business of selling, leasing or otherwise transferring firearms to be licensed. The Gun Dealer Licensing Act passed the Senate last April and passed the House last week.

 

This legislation is intended to hold corrupt gun dealers accountable and curb illegal trafficking of firearms in communities. Nearly 20 percent of all guns recovered from crime scenes in Chicago between 2009 and 2013 were sold by just three of the state’s 2,400 gun dealers. Currently there is no licensing requirement at the state level for firearms.

 

I also supported legislation to allow a family member or a law enforcement officer to petition the court if an individual poses an immediate threat of causing personal injury to themselves or another by having access to firearms. Under the Lethal Violence Protection Act, courts could require a person to temporarily turn over any firearms in their possession. Family members are often the first to notice if a person is exhibiting violent behavior.

 

Petition delivery

 

Thank you for participating in my petition for the governor to drop his appeal and allow patients with intractable pain to access medical marijuana. Last week, Representative Cassidy and I delivered nearly 5,000 petitions to the governor’s office. This would not have been possible without your support. Please see the video below for a recap of our petition delivery.

 

Steans, Cassidy deliver 5,000 petition signatures to governor

 

Follow me on Facebook and Twitter

 

I recently started a Facebook and Twitter account to provide more frequent updates about my legislation, events in the district and developing issues within Illinois government. Follow me @SenatorSteans and like my Facebook page for news on what’s happening in District 7.

 

 

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