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October 20, 2005

Illinois Hospital Association endorses Gov. Blagojevich’s plan to provide comprehensive health coverage for every uninsured child in Illinois
IHA joins growing list of All Kids supporters; More than 400 organizations back Governor’s plan to make Illinois the only state in the country to offer comprehensive health coverage to every child

CHICAGO – At a press conference in the lobby of the University of Chicago’s Comer Children’s Hospital on Chicago’s South Side, the Illinois Hospital Association today endorsed Governor Rod R. Blagojevich’s landmark All Kids proposal that would make Illinois the only state in the nation to provide affordable, comprehensive health insurance for every child in the state.  The Illinois Hospital Association (IHA) represents approximately 200 hospitals and health systems in Illinois and the patients and communities they serve. IHA joins more than 400 organizations representing medical facilities, doctors, nurses, educators, labor, child advocates and clergy that have endorsed the Governor’s plan since he introduced it two weeks ago. 
“The Governor’s All Kids plan will help hospitals provide the care that children need and deserve. It promises to give children the right care at the right time so they can grow up to live active and productive lives,” said Ken Robbins, president of the Illinois Hospital Association.
“I’m proud to have the Illinois Hospital Association join our effort to pass the All Kids plan. Perhaps only parents know more than IHA’s 200 hospital members about how important access to comprehensive and affordable health care is to children.  No child should have to wait for medical attention until the only option is the emergency room. Each and every child in Illinois should have health care, and All Kids will make that possible,” said Gov. Blagojevich.
In Illinois, 253,000 children are without health insurance.  More than half of Illinois’ uninsured children come from working and middle class families who earn too much to qualify for programs like KidCare, but not enough to afford private health insurance.  The Governor’s program would make comprehensive health insurance available to children, with parents paying monthly premiums and co-payments for doctor’s visits and prescription drugs at affordable rates. 
“The University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital treats children who are among the sickest in the region. Many of them are from working families who don’t qualify for KidCare. Through All Kids, the Governor has taken a groundbreaking step that targets this often ignored segment of our society. All Kids will help our children to grow up to live active and productive lives because they will have access to affordable health care,” said Michael Riordan, President and CEO of University of Chicago Hospitals.
“A program like All Kids would go far toward solving one of the biggest problems we see here at the Comer Hospital: children who do not have health insurance and therefore come to us quite ill because they don't get preventive care, such as immunizations and diagnostic tests. The state of Illinois has an opportunity to be a national leader in providing all children the health care they deserve," added Dr. Steve Goldstein, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Comer Children's Hospital.
Senate President Emil Jones and House Speaker Michael J. Madigan are the lead sponsors of legislation creating the All Kids health insurance program and have vowed to push for its passage during the upcoming fall veto session so the program can be up and running by July 1, 2006. The organizations vowed to help the Governor build support to pass his All Kids plan and to help enroll children in the plan, should it pass.
Over the past two and a half years, the Blagojevich Administration has worked to expand health coverage for low-income, working parents and their children.  Since January of 2003, 170,000 more children in Illinois received health insurance, and Illinois is now ranked as the second best state in the nation by the Kaiser Family Foundation for providing health care to children who need it (Illinois is also now the top ranked state in the nation for providing health care to adults who need it).
Despite these gains, there are still uninsured children in every corner of the state.  Based on adjusted 2003 Census data, approximately 253,000 children in Illinois do not have health insurance. Twelve percent of children in Cook County, the state’s most populated county, are uninsured.  In Pulaski County at the southern tip of Illinois, nearly 15% of children lack health coverage.  In St. Clair County, 9.3% of children do not have health insurance.  In Sangamon County, home to Illinois’ capitol, 8.6% of kids are not insured.  Even in suburban DuPage County, one of the twenty-five wealthiest counties in the United States, 7.2% of children have no health insurance.  
The Governor’s All Kids program would offer children access to comprehensive health care, including doctor’s visits, hospital stays, prescription drugs, vision care, dental care and medical devices like eye glasses and asthma inhalers.
Research shows that uninsured children suffer because they do not have access to adequate medical care.  For example:
·                    The Kaiser Family Foundation found that uninsured children are 70% less likely than children with insurance to receive medical care for conditions like ear infections, and 30% less likely to receive medical attention when they are injured. 
·                    A National Health Interview Survey found that 59% of uninsured children did not see a doctor for a check-up in the past year and 38% of children have no regular place to go for medical care.  These factors put uninsured children at higher risk for hospitalization or missed diagnoses of serious conditions.
Participants in the new program will pay monthly premiums and co-payments for doctors visits and prescriptions, but unlike private insurance that is too expensive for so many families, the rates for All Kids coverage will be based on a family’s income.  The state is able to offer All Kids insurance coverage at much lower than market rates for middle-income families by leveraging the significant negotiating and buying power it already has through Medicaid. 
For example, a family with two children that earns between $40,000 and $59,999 a year will pay a $40 monthly premium per child, and a $10 co-pay per physician visit. A family with two children earning between $60,000 and $79,999 will pay a $70 monthly premium per child, and a $15 co-pay per physician visit.  However, there will be no co-pays for preventative care visits, such as annual immunizations and regular check ups and screenings for vision, hearing, appropriate development or preventative dental.  These premiums for middle-income families are significantly more affordable than typical private insurance premiums of $100 to $200 a month, or $2,400 per child annually.
The state will cover the difference between what parents contribute in monthly premiums and the actual cost of providing health care for each child, expected to be $45 million in the first year, with savings generated by implementing a primary care case management model (PCCM) for participants in the state’s FamilyCare and All Kids health care programs.  Participants will choose a single primary physician who will manage their care by ensuring they get immunizations and other preventative health care services and avoid unnecessary emergency room visits and hospitalizations.  Patients with chronic conditions like asthma or diabetes will have a single care manager to make sure they are getting the treatments and ongoing care they need to avoid acute care.  Primary care physicians will make referrals to specialists for additional care or tests as needed. 
By ensuring patients get adequate preventative care on the front end, fewer people will need expensive specialized care or emergency care for critical conditions.  In children, preventative care is especially important.  For example, infants with stomach flu (gastroenteritis) who receive appropriate primary care can avoid being hospitalized for dehydration.  Providing a timely exam and appropriate antibiotic treatment for children with ear infections (otitis media) can prevent chronic ear problems, loss of hearing and the need for surgically placed tubes to relieve fluid build up.  Treating children with bronchitis or minor lung infections in a primary care setting can help to avoid more expensive hospitalization treatment of pneumonia, including intravenous antibiotics and respiratory treatments.  And early identification and appropriate treatment of children who have chronic illnesses, such as asthma, will result in fewer expensive emergency room and inpatient care visits.     
Twenty-nine other states, including North Carolina, New York, Texas, Pennsylvania and Louisiana, have realized significant savings by using this model for their Medicaid programs.  Based on independent analyses, the Department of Healthcare and Family Services estimates the state will save more than $56 million in the first year by implementing the PCCM model in all state health programs but those that serve seniors and the blind.
Evidence shows that in addition to lacking adequate medical care, children without health insurance are at a disadvantage in the classroom.  For example:
·                    According to a Florida Healthy Kids Annual Report in 1997, children who do not have health coverage are 25% more likely to miss school. 
·                    A California Health Status Assessment Project on children’s health published in 2002 found that children who recently enrolled in health care saw their attendance and performance improve by 68%. 
·                    And a 2002 study in Vermont entitled Building Bridges to Healthy Kids and Better Students conducted by the Council of Chief State School Officers showed that children who started out without health insurance saw their reading scores more than double after getting health care.
Research also provides strong economic reasons for insuring all children.  Delayed treatment can result in more complex, more threatening and more expensive care later.  While the uninsured pay approximately 35% of their medical bills out of pocket, more than 40% ends up being absorbed by those who do have health insurance in the form of higher premiums.  According to a recent Families USA report, the cost of paying for the uninsured will add $1059 to the average family’s insurance premiums here in Illinois in 2005.  IHA hospitals and health care systems alone provide $1.2 billion in uncompensated care each year.
In addition, investing in health care can have a positive impact on local economies.  Over the past five years, the health care industry has created nearly 40,000 new jobs in Illinois.  Health care is the second-fastest growing industry in the state, and one of the fastest in the nation. 
More information about All Kids is available online at www.allkidscovered.com.
IHA joins more than 400 other organizations supporting the Governor’s effort to pass the All Kids plan during the fall veto session.  The organizations include: 

18th Street Development Corporation
ABJ Community Services
Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital
Access Health Network
Action for Children
Administration for Regional Office of Education #12
Adoption Information Center
Adoption Unlimited, Inc.
Advanced CAD/CAM Service Corporation
Advocate Health Systems
African American Heritage Council
Albany Bank & Trust
Albany Park Chamber of Commerce
Albany Park Community Action Group
Albany Park Community Center
Albany Park Covenant Church
Alchamy Training Systems
Alexander County Sub Zone & Tourism
Alivio Medical Center
Alpha Temple Missionary Baptist Church
Alternative School Network
Amalgamated Transit Union #241
Amalgamated Transit Union #308
AME Ministerial Alliance
American Legion 1141
Arc of Illinois
Arlington Glass Company
Associated Firefighters of Illinois
Aunt Martha’s Youth Service Center
Aurora Township
Aurora's Hispanic Heritage Council
B.C.M.W. Community Services Inc.
Baker and Taylor
Baxter International
Believers Christian Center
Bethel Bible Church in Decatur
Blackhawk Boys and Girls Club
Blackhawk Learning Connection
Blacks in Government
Bloomington Normal Trade and Labor Assembly
Boys and Girls Club of Bloomington
Brandenburg Demolition Services
Bromenn Regional Medical Center
Bureau County United Way
Business for Public Interest
Campaign for Better Health Care
Care Entrée Healthcare
Carol Jo Roberston Center
Carpenters District Council
Carpenters Local 244
Carpenters Local 63
Carpenters Local 638
Carroll-Keller Group Consulting
Carver Community Action Agency
Casa Aztlan
Casa Central
Cathedral of Joy Church
Catholic Charities Danville
Catholic Social Service
Centennial Missionary Baptist Church
Center for Children Services
Center for Labor and Community Research
Central Illinois Manufacturing Company
Centro Sin Fronteras
CEO of Illinois Eastern Community College
CGN & Associates
Champaign Black Chamber of Commerce
Champaign County Regional Planning Commission
Champaign Urbana Health Department
Chicago and Cook County Building and Construction Trades Council (BCTC)
Chicago and NE Illinois District Council of Carpenters
Chicago Area Projects
Chicago Coalition for the Homeless
Chicago Federation of Labor
Chicago Firefighters Local 2
Chicago Foundation for Women
Chicago Interfaith Committee on Worker Issues
Chicago Southland Chamber of Commerce
Chicago Teachers Union
Chicagoland Minority Journal Newspaper
Child Welfare League of America
Christ Tabernacle Church
Christian Academy of Nursing
Christian Activity Center
Christian Care Academy
Church of The Living God
Citizen Action Illinois
City of Flora, Economic Development
Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities
Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 7110
Community & Economic Development Association of Cook County, Inc.
Community Economic Development  Association
Community Health Partnership
Cook County Economic Development Center
Cook County Physicians Association
Cosmopolitan Chamber of Commerce
Covenant Insurance Group
Crative Solutions Technologies
Crosspoint Human Center
Crusader Clinic
Cummiskey Strategic Communications
Cycles of Learning Child Care
D.R. Home Furnishing
Danville Housing Authority
Danville School District #118
Datatech Group
Day Labor Groups
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission
Decatur Black Chamber of Commerce
Decatur Trades and Labor Assembly
DePaul University
Downstate Transportation Services
DuPage Sewing and Vacuum
Dusable Partners
East Central Illinois Action Program
East Central Illinois Community Action Agency
East Side Health District - East St. Louis
EDGE Business Center
EDGE Enterprise Development
Edgewater Development Corporation
Edwardsville Township
Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Alliance
Egyptian Building Trades Council
El Hogar del Nino
El Rincon
El Valor
Ellet Plumbing
Emmanuel Baptist Church
Equality of Illinois
Erie Neighborhood House
Evening Star Missionary Baptist Church
Excel Metal Products
Executive Director of Infant Welfare Society
Family Christian Center
Family Christian Center
Family Community Resource Center
Family Focus
Fantastic Sams
Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church
Fernwood United Methodist Church
Fibergel Technologies
First American Bank
First Baptist Congregational Church
First Corinthians Baptist Church
First Rockford Group
First Step Day Care, Belvidere
First Unity Baptist Church
Fontier Communications
Ford Heights Community Service Organization
Forward in Faith Ministries
Fox Valley United Way
Franklin County Regional Economic Development Corporation
Fraternal Order of Police
Freedom Temple Church of God in Christ
Full Gospel Baptist Churches of Illinois
Fulton County Health Department
Gad Hill - Chicago
Galesburg Chamber of Commerce
Galesburg Regional Economic Development Association
GAM Corporation
General State Convention of Illinois
Generational Blessings
Georgetown-Ridge Farm School District
GET Technology Solutions
Glad Tidings
Gleason Equipment
Global Staffing Services
God First Ministries
Goreville Gazette
Great Plains Laborers District Council
Greater Madison County Federation of Labor
Greater Rock MBC - Reverend Floyd James
Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce
Green Oaks/ Libertyville/ Mundelein/ Vernon Hills Area Chamber of Commerce
Growth Association of Southwest Illinois
GTD Inc.of Illinois
GWC, Inc.
Hardin County Main Street
Harold Washington Community College
Haskris Inc.
Hayes Properties, Inc.
Health and Disability Advocates
Health Solutions
Healthcare Alternative Systems
Heart of Illinois Big Brothers Big Sisters
Heartland Alliance
Heritage International Christian Church
Hermon Baptist Church
Herrin Community Unit School #4
Hispanic Contractors Association
Hispanic Heritage Council
Holten Meats
Holy Cross Church
Hope Presbyterian Church
Ilinois Regional Development Alliance
Illinois AFL-CIO
Illinois Association of Hispanic State Employees
Illinois Business Financial Services
Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
Illinois Coalition for Community Services
Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
Illinois Community Action Association
Illinois Employment Training  Center
Illinois Federation of Teachers
Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Illinois Hospital Association
Illinois Migrant Council
Illinois Network of Childcare Resource & Referral Agencies
Illinois Nurses Association
Illinois Physical Therapists Association
Illinois Physical Therapy Association
Illinois Pipe Trades
Illinois Primary Health Care Association
Illinois Public Health Association
Illinois Society for Advanced Practice Nursing
Illinois State Employees Association
Illinois Training Employment Center
Illinois/Iowa Center for Independent Living
Imperial Trailer
Industrical Council of Nearwest Chicago
Infant Welfare Society
Inner City Youth and Adult Foundation
Institute for Latino Progress
International Association of Machinists (IAM) Local 1191
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, #146
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, 34
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, BLOOMINGTON
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 145
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 21 (IBEW)
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 702
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, PEORIA
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, State Council
International Business Center in Rolling Meadows
International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, District Council 30
Jackson County Business Dev Corp
Jane Adams Hull House
Jane Addams Bookstore
Jaros Technology
Jesus House
John A Logan College
Johnson County 2000
Johnson County Chamber
Kankakee Workforce Development Board
Kankakee/Will/Grundy Building Trades Association
Kishwaukee United Way - DeKalb/Sycamore
Knox County Regional Office of Education
Kreative Xpressions
La Rabida Children's Hospital
La Voz Latina
Laborers District Council, Chicago
Laborers Great Plains District Council
Laborers International Union of North America
Laborers Local #159
Laborers Local 309
Laborers Local 362
Laborers Midwest Region
Laborers’ Local 703
Lake County Chamber of Commerce
Lake Kinzie Industrial Leadership Council
Lakefront Supportive Housing
Laser Fische
Lazazul Design
League of Latin American Citizens, Council 5218
Les McKenzie, QBTC
Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House
Livingston and McLean Counties Building and Construction Trades Council (BCTC)
Lord's Way Baptist Church
Macomb School District #185
Madison Bond Workforce Investment Board
Madison Communications
Madison County Employment & Training
Madison County Urban League
Man Tra Con/ Southern Illinois Work Force Development Board
Manager Office Building in Crawford Co.
March of Dimes
McNeal Clinic
Mercy Hospital Medical Center
Messiah-St. Bartholomew Episcopal Church
Mid America Workforce Investment Board
Mid Central Community Action
Minority Business Journal
Mount Calvary Baptist Church
Mount Vernon Baptist Church
Mujeres Latina en Accion
NAACP Peoria Chapter
National Able Network
National Marrow Donor Program
National Women's Law Center
National Womens Veterans United
Neighborhood Boys and Girls Club of Albany Park
New Abundant Life Church
New Faith Baptist Church
New Hope Community Baptist Church
New Hope Inspirational Baptist Church
New Kingdom Missionary Baptist Church
New Morning Star MB Church
New Mount Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church
Nigerian American Assoc of Public Administrators
NIU Business and Industry Services
North River Commission
Northbrook Chamber of Commerce
Northern IL Black Chamber of Commerce
Northwest and Schaumburg Assn. Of Chamber & Industry
Northwest Community Center
Northwest Illinois Building and Trades Council
Northwestern Illinois Community Action Agency
OJC Technologies
One Church One Child
Operating Engineers Local 318
Operating Engineers Local 399
Ounce of Prevention Fund
Palmer & Murrie Abstracting
Park Manor Church of God
Parkland College Foster Care Program
Pat Carpenter of the African American Family Commission
Pekin Boys and Girls Club
People's Church of The Harvest Church of God in Christ
Peoria Area Labor Management
Peoria Citizens Committee for Economic Opportunity
Peoria Health Department
Peoria Housing Authority
Perry Commerical Realty
Perry Group
Pirok Financial Group, Limited
Planned Parenthood of East Central Illinois
Plano Economic Development Center
Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 653
Plumbers and Pipefitters Local #99
Prairie Center
Praise Tabernacle Deliverance Baptist Church
President of the Baptist Ministers Conference of Chicago and Vicinity                        
President of the Baptist Pastors Conference of Chicago and Vicinity
President of The National Baptist Convention of America
President of the Westside Baptist Ministers Conference
Printing Industry of Illinois
Progressive Baptist Church
Project NOW
Project Success
Promise Land Employment
Protestants for the Common Good
Provide Access to Help – PATH
Providence Missionary Baptish Church
Proviso Baptist Church
Proviso Leyden Council for Community Action
Pulaski County Development Association
Quad Cities Urban League
Quad City Federation of Labor
Quad Counties Urban League
Quality Control Corporation
Quasar Strategies
Quincy Business and Technology Center
Quincy Housing Authority
Rape Crisis Center
Regional Office of Education #1
Regional Superintendent Of Schools #12
Rend Lake Small Business Development Center
Rendlman Orchards
Resource Business Group
Restoration Missionary Baptist Church
Retired School teachers
Rockford Area Economic Development Council
Rockford College
Rockford Day Nursery
Rockford Health System
Rockford Housing Authority
Rockford Physical Therapists Association
Rockford United Labor
Roofers Local #92
Roosevelt University
Rosecrance Substance Abuse Treatment Center
Roy Brothers, Inc
S & B Manufacturing
Safer Foundation
Salem Tabernacle Church
Saunders Marketing
SBDC John A Logan College
Schleifring Medical
SEIU Local 1
SEIU Local 4
SEIU Local 7
SEIU Local 73
SEIU Local 880
SEIU State Council
Sergeant Shriver National Center on Poverty Law
Shawnee Community College
Shawnee Development Corp
Shawnee SBDC & Union County Econ Dev
Sinai Health Systems
SIU Center for Rural Health and Social Service Development
SIU-Edwardsville Head Start Program
Southeastern Illinios College/Small Business Center
Southeastern Regional Plann Comm
Southern  Most Illinois Delta
Southern Five Regional Planning Commission
Southern Illinois Collegiate Common Market
Southern Illinois Electric Cooperative
Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation
Southern Illinois University
Southernmost Illinois Tourism Bureau
Southwest Illinois Development Authority
Southwest Youth Collaborative
Southwestern Illinois Building and Construction
Southwestern Illinois Central Labor Council
Springfield Chamber of Commerce
St. Anthony’s Hospital
St. Bernard's Hospital
St. Francis Hospital
St. James Hospital
St. John Missionary Baptist Church
St. Mark Baptist Church
St. Mark Church
St. Sabina Church - Chicago
St. Stephen AME Church
Stateline United Way
Supportive Housing Providers Association
Taylorville Main Street
Teamsters Joint Council #25
Temple Steel
The Babyfold
The Carver Center
The Economic Development Council for Central Illinois
The Great Impasta
The Illinois Maternal Child Health Coalition
The Resurrection Project
Travelers Rest
Tri County Opportunities Council
Tri-City Building Trades
Trinity Day Care #
Tri-Star Business Communities
Tuckpointers, Local 52
Twin Rivers CTE System
UAW Local 2488
UAW Region 4 (Auto Workers)
Union County  Economic Dev
Union Missionary Baptist Church
United  Pentecostal  Church of Christ
United Congregations of Metro East
United Fellowship Church
United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 881 (UFCW)
United Mine Workers (UMWA)
United Neighborhood Organization
United Power for Action and Justice
United Scrap
United Steel Workers District 7
United Transportation Union
United Way of Elgin
United Way of Illinois Valley
United Way of Kankakee County
United Way of McDonough County
United Way of Whiteside County
University of Illinois
University of Illinois Extension Office-Crawford
University of St Francis
Urban League, Champaign Black Chamber
USWA Sub-District 1
USWA Sub-District 2
Vanee Foods
Vermilion County Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO
Vermilion County Federation of Labor
Vermilion County Mental Health Board
Vermilion County Health Department
Victory Christian Assembly
Vienna Times
VOA Architects
Voices for Illinois Children
Walter Hammond Day Care Center
Warren County United Way
Waymen AME Church
West Central Child Care Connection
West Central Illinois Building Trades
West Central Illinois Labor Council
Western Trades and Labor Assembly
Westville School District
Williamson County Economic Development
Williamson County Regional Airport
Williamson Program On Aging
Winnebago County Health Department
WMS Gaming
Women Employed
Women Presidents' Organization
Women's Bar Association of Illinois
Women's Business Development Center
Woodward Industries
Word Made Worship Center
Workforce Investment/TRRC
WREX Channel 13, Rockford
Xttrium Laboratories
YMCA of Danville
YMCA of Illinois
YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago
Yorkville Chamber of Commerce
Your Family Resource Center
Youth Charter Schools Connections
YWCA Child Care Solutions


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