Author: Ryan Voyles

Lawmakers approve language to adjust training mandates for healthcare workers

The General Assembly approved a plan Thursday to require that healthcare workers undergo cultural competency training, while also adjusting how often workers must take training courses as part of their licensure cycle.

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General Assembly passes Medicaid omnibus

Lawmakers stayed early into Friday morning to pass the state’s annual Medicaid omnibus, which includes emergency rulemaking to give the Department of Healthcare and Family Services ways to address the cost of a program that provides Medicaid-like coverage to certain undocumented individuals.

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Senate approves roughly $50.7 billion spending plan

The Illinois Senate approved a roughly $50.7 billion spending plan late Thursday night, which includes rate increases for those that care for individuals with developmental disabilities.

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NorthShore – Edward-Elmhurst Health plans $66.7 million cardiovascular outpatient center in Naperville

NorthShore – Edward-Elmhurst Health plans to build a nearly $66.7 million cardiovascular institute outpatient center in Naperville, according to a recent application with the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board.

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Advocate Health plans $44.2 million outpatient medical office building in Hoffman Estates

Advocate Health plans to build a $44.2 million outpatient medical office building in Hoffman Estates, according to a recent application with the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board.

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Duckworth, Durbin introduce plan to codify reproductive healthcare access for service members

Illinois’ two Democratic senators recently introduced a plan intended to codify a Department of Defense’s policy that allows service members to access reproductive healthcare, regardless of where they are stationed.

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House approves generic drug pricing plan

A bill intended to prevent manufacturers and wholesale drug distributors from engaging in price gouging when selling off-patent or generic drugs heads to Gov. JB Pritzker after being approved last week.

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Durbin unveils roadmap to address rural healthcare workforce

United States Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., on Monday laid out a roadmap he says will prioritize recruitment and incentives for healthcare workers in rural areas, as well as expand educational programming at colleges and universities.

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Senate approves insurance coverage for mental health checkups, other proposals

The Illinois Senate approved several healthcare proposals late last week, including one requiring insurance coverage for annual mental health checkups and wellness visits.

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