HB 158/HB 159 Health and Human Services Reform Act: Summary of Legislation

Authors: Illinois HR
Year: 2021
State: IL
Website link: https://www.team-iha.org/files/non-gated/advocacy/summary-hb158-hb159.aspx?ext=.pdf
Publicly Available: Yes
Certification: Administration - certification boards state health departments etc., CHW role scope of practice, Legislative language bills etc.
Policy: General other, Legislative language
Sustainable Financing: General other, How to engage and work with Medicaid
Workforce Development: CDC expand CHW work into SDOH, Chronic Disease, Data sharing between social services and clinical teams, General other (including mention of “employment practices”)

Outlines the content of and differences between HB158 and HB159, the Health and Human Services Reform Act.  Bill(s) creates the Illinois Community Health Worker Certification Board, would authorize new CHWs to obtain certification, including allowing existing CHWs to be grandfathered in. The bill also requires the Medical assistance program to reimburse for CHW services, subject to funding availability, including care coordination and diagnostic related patient education services.

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