(305 ILCS 5/5-17)
(from Ch. 23, par. 5-17)
Programs to improve access to hospital care.
(a) (1) The General Assembly finds:
(A) That while hospitals have traditionally
provided charitable care to indigent patients, this burden is not equally borne by all hospitals operating in this State. Some hospitals continue to provide significant amounts of care to low-income persons while others provide very little such care; and
(B) That access to hospital care in this State by
the indigent citizens of Illinois would be seriously impaired by the closing of hospitals that provide significant amounts of care to low-income persons.
(2) To help expand the availability of hospital care
for all citizens of this State, it is the policy of the State to implement programs that more equitably distribute the burden of providing hospital care to Illinois' low-income population and that improve access to health care in Illinois.
(3) The Illinois Department may develop and implement
a program that lessens the burden of providing hospital care to Illinois' low-income population, taking into account the costs that must be incurred by hospitals providing significant amounts of care to low-income persons, and may develop adjustments to increase rates to improve access to health care in Illinois. The Illinois Department shall prescribe by rule the criteria, standards and procedures for effecting such adjustments in the rates of hospital payments for services provided to eligible low-income persons (under Articles V, VI and VII of this Code) under this Article.
(b) The Illinois Department shall require hospitals certified to
participate in the federal Medicaid program to:
(1) provide equal access to available services to
low-income persons who are eligible for assistance under Articles V, VI and VII of this Code;
(2) provide data and reports on the provision of
(c) From the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1992 until July
1, 1992, nothing in this Section 5-17 shall be construed as creating a
private right of action on behalf of any individual.
(d) On and after July 1, 2012, the Department shall reduce any rate of reimbursement for services or other payments or alter any methodologies authorized by this Code to reduce any rate of reimbursement for services or other payments in accordance with Section 5-5e.
(Source: P.A. 97-689, eff. 6-14-12.)