about Family Medicine GR issues in IL? Contact Gordana
IAFP's Power Point presentation that outlines family medicine and
primary care's vital role in public health outcomes. You can
also learn more about the many ways Illinois Academy of Family
Physicians is contributing to better health and health care policies
in our state. Click
here for the Power Point.
4/29/14 IAFP Opposes Mandated
Hepatitis C screening. Read
testimony provided to the Senate Public Health Committee by IAFP
President-Elect Janet Albers, MD of Springfield.
1/13/14 -Past President Javette Orgain,
MD of Chicago testified before the health and finance committees of the
Chicago City Council supporting regulating the sale of e-cigarettes and
including them in the city’s Clean Indoor Air Act. Read
Dr. Orgain's testimony here.
1/15/14 Press Release -See
E-Cigarette Press release
Letter you can share with
parents that explains the requirement of a documented Tdap booster
for students entering 6th-12th grades staring in fall 2013
IAFP memo regarding Essential
Health Benefits Options for Illinois’ Health Insurance Exchange Click
IAFP collaborates with Illinois
Chamber of Commerce Health Care Council to announce Medicaid
Reform Principles and Recommendations on April 24, 2012 Click
IAFP submitted testimony
to the various committees holding hearings on Medicaid Reform
throughout the Spring Session Click here
supports a $1 per pack increase in the state’s cigarette tax.
Opposes HB 5823 -which will repeal the right of a health care
professional, health care provider or attorney to pursue
collection of its reasonable charges for
services provided to an injured person by limiting the amount of any
lien to a reimbursement rate established by the injured party’s
health insurance company even though this insurance company is not
responsible for payment of the claim.
New Illinois law allows
schools to use Epi-Pens in emergencies without fear of liability
8/12/2011 – IAFP provides
testimony to House Health Care Availability and Access committee on
a payment system for Medicaid based on medical home principles and
quality outcomes. Read
the full testimony.
Spring Into Action recap
- IAFP made the most of three busy
days at the Statehouse, May 3rd, 4th and 5th.
IAFP residents and students participated on May 3rd and 5th
proving that Illinois has some wonderful young physician advocates
which will bode well for the future of family medicine!
Residents from Rush-Copley and Northwestern-McGaw came to
Springfield on May 3rd, along with Northwestern medical
student Theadora Sakata. On May 5th, a large group
from Univ. of Chicago-NorthShore joined the remaining Northwestern
residents and SIU resident Virginia Hernandez, MD. Rounding
out the big Thursday group were medical students Mike Parenteau from
SIU and graduating Loyola student Bethany Cohen. All together, IAFP
met with 43 lawmakers in the Statehouse and staff distributed IAFP
information to the remaining senators and representatives.
Supports HB 1530 – assuring mental health parity
IAFP Supports HB 3236 – Insurance Consumer Owned and Operated
IAFP Supports HB 1338 – for the Immunization registry (IZ
Data Registry PDF)
IAFP Support SB 1729 – benefits for small business and
individuals in the state’s insurance exchange
opposes any exemptions to the Smoke-Free Illinois Act – More
information click here
IAFP Public Health committee
chair Rashmi Chugh, MD testified before the House Human
Services Committee on March 9th in support of HB 1338 –
establishing rules for the ICARE immunization registry. Read
her testimony click
IAFP co-signs letter to Senate
Medicaid Reform committee chair. Click
here for letter. This letter was
submitted January 4, 2011 in advance of the Senate Medicaid Reform
Committees final bill passed on January 5th.
IAFP opposes SB 3712 as amended.
Measure would license lay midwives – learn more click
Health Care Summit PowerPoint -
Delivery System Change: Improving Quality and Controlling Costs
December Government Relations
- this Update was provided to members of the Government
Relations Committee and IAFP Board of Directors during the Annual
IAFP Testimony to Medicaid Committees
– The General Assembly formed new Medicaid Committees in both the
House and Senate. Committee members are looking specifically
for ways to reduce Medicaid costs and create a more efficient system
in Illinois with the charge to issue report/recommendations by Jan.
3rd. Click here to read IAFP's testimony.
IAFP Testimony regarding Health
Insurance Exchange options for Illinois – The Illinois Health Care
Reform Implementation Council is charged with providing
recommendations to the Governor on how the State should establish an
Exchange in Illinois. An Exchange establishes a new marketplace for
individuals and small businesses to be able to purchase health
insurance or access public benefits. The Council will file a report
with initial recommendations to the Governor by December 31, 2010. Click
here to read IAFP's testimony.
Chronic Disease – IAFP
submitted written testimony regarding the structure of the chronic
disease and health promotion system in Illinois. Click
here to read testimony.
IAFP Board members provides
testimony to the Illinois Health Care Implementation Task Force-
Asim Jaffer, MD discussed issues facing the family physician
workforce including low numbers of new family physicians, and the
payment disparities that cause and perpetuate the shortage. Click
here for more
Dennon Davis, MD also provided
testimony to the Task Force. Dr. Davis discussed payment
system reforms, challenges of assuring primary care in rural areas
and fostering widespread adoption of electronic medical records
and participation in the State's upcoming health information
exchange. Click here for more
Albers, MD of Springfield talked about the Medicaid system and
options for caring for newly Medicaid-eligible patients, as well
as those who obtain private insurance in the future under reform.
Click here for more.
IAFP partners with Dept. of
Insurance to review health insurance denials and rescissions
IAFP members will review insurance company rescissions currently
awaiting DOI action to determine if the insurance company was
justified in their actions. IAFP’s volunteer physicians will
provide expert review to enhance the Department’s ability to serve
Illinois consumers and provide consult as the Department implements
the health insurance reforms of the federal Patient Protection and
Affordable Care Act. Link to the press release from the State of
Illinois website http://illinois.gov/PressReleases/ShowPressRelease.cfm?SubjectID=2&RecNum=8562
– IAFP submits testimony in support of the 2010 Illinois State
Health Improvement Plan (SHIP). Read our
Board Member Renee M. Poole, MD testifies in support of ordinances
regulating e-cigarettes and flavored tobacco, including menthol
before the Chicago City Finance and Health Committees on Dec 9, 2013
Smoke Free Illinois' website http://www.smokefreeillinois.org/
offers Tobacco Cessation resources for patients online
Go to www.askandact.org
for resources you can use to help your patients kick the habit.
Materials include posters, patient education materials,
provider toolkits and information on reimbursement.
Care Act – two years later This fact sheet from the
U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services provides a snapshot of
federal health care reform’s impact on Illinois.
Centers for Medicare &
Medicaid Services announces plans for blended payment system for
primary care practices. Initiative will a model of test
fee-for-service plus care coordination fees from public and private
payers in five to seven markets beginning in summer 2012
AAFP offers solutions to Vice
President Joe Biden and the group charged with negotiating the debt
ceiling and reducing the federal deficit. Their June 20 letter
offers a complete revolution of physician payment systems to
restrain the unsustainable growth in health care costs. Click
6/9/11 IAFP submits written
testimony on family medicine principles for sustaining Medicaid at
IL Congressional hearing on Medicaid – held on June 9 by
Democratic Reps. Jan Schakowsky, Mike Quigley, Danny Davis and Bobby
Rush. Read the full testimony.
9/9/11 IAFP submits comments and
concerns on the Medicare Shared Savings Program with the Illinois
Congressional Delegation. Read the
Article offers guidance on HIPAA 5010 Transaction Standards for
2012 click here
leaders spend time talking about Family Medicine needs on Capitol
here for YouTube video
IAFP board members and AAFP Key Contacts
participated in the AAFP Family Medicine Congressional Conference
May 9-10 in Washington, DC. Family Physicians from around
the country spent the first day learning about the issues in a
variety of education sessions. IAFP member Jerry Kruse, MD
of Quincy, who is also a member of the Council on Graduate Medical
Education (COGME), was a panel presenter during the session
discussing primary care training.
IAFP attendees spent May 10th
on Capitol Hill and met with most members of the Illinois
Congressional Delegation, renewing old acquaintances and introducing
newly-elected representatives to family medicine and the Academy.
07/27/2010 - IAFP member Matt
Winkleman, MD of Harrisburg joins AAFP president-elect Roland
Goertz, MD to testify before Congress on the HITECH Act. Read
his testimony here.
urges Congress to extend enhanced FMAP rate.
Read our letter to all 21 members of Congress from
For policy studies on primary care
and family medicine, plus fascinating one-pagers to share with
decision makers and colleagues, the AAFP's
Graham Policy Center is one stop shopping.
Go to http://www.graham-center.org/
to read about federal issues
Your Federal Legislator - AAFP's Speak Out Service can help contact your state
and federal legislators. Click here to find out topics of
concern and how to contact your legislators. Watch a YouTube video
made by a FP that shows you how to use Speak Out click
Health Policy as it Happens. The free service features
web casts, daily news summaries, a national health policy calendar,
searchable archives and more. Sign up to receive e-mail delivery
of the services at www.kaisernetwork.org/email
into current information on the bills you care about in the General
Assembly. Go to www.ilga.gov
and you can
out contact information for all members of the General Assembly
out when bills will be heard in committee hearings
out the final vote on bills you care about and how your
an IAFP Key Contact - -
We need a family physician in every legislative district ready to
answer the call and speak up for family medicine to support or stop
a bill in
For more information and a sign up form, click
Inc. - Find out what is happening in Springfield, IL .
Policy page - Hop onto the American Academy of Family Physicians'
Policy page and find even more information relating to family practice
and government relations. Find out what is happening in Washington
Fax - Home page designed to be your first stop to get just about
any info you want on Illinois politics and government.
Illinois Department of
Healthcare and Family Services You can access Kid Care info and applications
Department of Public Health
Department of Professional Regulations: Access licensure
information through this website.
General Assembly - Use this improved site to track specific
bills and committee hearings, find your legislator, even make your
own "personal list" of legislation to track throughout