As our communities and state battle and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more critical than ever that we have a strong healthcare delivery system that provides high-quality, accessible care in this unprecedented and challenging time.
That’s why I want to commend our legislators–Senator Andy Manar and Representative Avery Bourne–who took critical action to help my hospital and hospitals across the state. They voted to approve Senate Bill 2541 to reauthorize the continuation of the Hospital Assessment Program, preserving $3.8 billion in annual funding to support access to hospital care for three million people insured under the Illinois Medicaid program. Senator Manar and Representative Bourne heard our concerns that the state needs to continue this vital program to ensure that our local residents and all Illinoisans are able to receive healthcare when they need it.
Senator Manar and Representative Bourne rose to the occasion at a critical time for our state and deserve our appreciation and thanks.