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Illinois Gets Ready for Health Care Reform
This week, by a vote of 76-41, the Illinois House of Representatives concurred with the State Senate and passed the Health Care Justice Implementation Act (SB3047). "Passage of SB 3047 confirms Illinois's commitment to President Obama's recently passed federal health care reform," said Jim Duffett, Executive Director of the Campaign for Better Health Care. The main goals of the Health Care Justice Implementation Act are to monitor the implementation of the federal health care reforms and make recommendations per state implementation; assess current state programs and how they interface with the federal reform and recommend any changes if needed; and develop a plan regarding additional reforms needed to ensure affordable health care. A bipartisan Health Care Justice Implementation Task Force will be established to achieve those aims.
State Senator Dave Koehler (D-Peoria), said "The Health Care Justice Implementation Task Force will make sure the State of Illinois is ready when the federal insurance reforms take effect. With the task force's help, we will be able to guarantee everyone in Illinois can get insurance quickly and efficiently at a minimal cost to the state." Further information on SB3047 can be found here.