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92_HB0659eng HB0659 Engrossed LRB9206605WHcs 1 AN ACT in relation to long-term care planning. 2 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 3 represented in the General Assembly: 4 ARTICLE 1. General Provisions 5 Section 1-1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the 6 Long-Term Care Planning Strategy Act. 7 Section 1-5. Purpose. This Act is created to achieve a 8 broad awareness and use of alternatives to nursing homes to 9 serve the increased number of people needing long-term care. 10 ARTICLE 5. Long-Term Care Planning Committee 11 Section 5-5. Long-term care planning committee. The 12 Director of Aging shall establish, by July 1, 2002, a 13 long-term care planning committee which shall consist of the 14 following members: the Director of Aging, or his or her 15 designee, who shall chair and convene the committee; the 16 Director of Public Health or his or her designee; an owner of 17 a long-term care facility, who shall be appointed to the 18 committee by the Director of Public Health; a representative 19 of the American Association of Retired Persons, who shall be 20 appointed to the committee by the Director of Aging; and a 21 representative of Area Agencies on Aging, who shall be 22 appointed to the committee by the Director of Aging. The 23 committee may utilize the expertise and time of other 24 individuals employed by the Department as needed. The 25 committee shall meet as often as necessary to accomplish its 26 duties, but at least quarterly. The committee shall 27 establish procedures, including public hearings, for allowing 28 regular opportunities for input from consumers of long-term HB0659 Engrossed -2- LRB9206605WHcs 1 care services, family caregivers, advocates, trade 2 associations, facility administrators, county agency 3 administrators, and other interested persons. 4 Section 5-10. Duties. The committee shall identify 5 long-term care issues requiring coordinated policies and 6 shall conduct analyses, coordinate policy development, and 7 make recommendations for effective implementation of these 8 policies. The committee shall refine State long-term goals, 9 establish performance indicators, and develop other methods 10 or measures to evaluate program performance, including client 11 outcomes. The committee shall review the effectiveness of 12 programs in meeting their objectives. 13 The committee shall also do the following: 14 (1) Evaluate the effectiveness of Area Agencies on 15 Aging in planning and coordinating regional and local 16 services. 17 (2) Evaluate the effectiveness of regional or local 18 points of access for persons seeking information on 19 long-term care services. 20 (3) Recommend changes in State funding and 21 administrative policies that are necessary to maximize 22 the use of home and community-based care and that promote 23 the use of the least costly alternative without 24 sacrificing quality of care. 25 (4) Develop methods of identifying and serving 26 seniors who need minimal services to remain independent 27 but who are likely to develop a need for more extensive 28 services in the absence of these minimal services. 29 (5) Develop and implement strategies for 30 advocating, promoting, and developing long-term care 31 insurance, and encourage insurance companies to offer 32 long-term care insurance policies that are affordable and 33 offer a wide range of benefits. HB0659 Engrossed -3- LRB9206605WHcs 1 Section 5-15. Goals of the committee. The long-term 2 goals of the committee include the following: 3 (1) Achieve a broad awareness and use of low-cost 4 home care and other residential alternatives to nursing 5 homes. 6 (2) Strengthen the statewide system of information 7 and assistance to enable easy access to long-term care 8 services. 9 (3) Develop sufficient alternatives to nursing 10 homes to serve the increased number of people needing 11 long-term care. 12 These goals are designed to create a new community-based 13 care paradigm for long-term care in order to maximize 14 independence of the older adult population and ensure the 15 cost-effective use of financial and human resources. 16 Section 5-20. Reports. The committee shall prepare a 17 biennial report and the chair shall deliver this report to 18 the legislature beginning January 31, 2003, listing progress, 19 achievements, and current goals and objectives. The chair 20 shall recommend changes in, or additions to, legislation 21 necessary or desirable to fulfill their responsibilities. 22 Section 5-25. Data. The committee shall have access to 23 data from the Illinois Department of Public Aid, the 24 Department of Public Health, the Department of Human 25 Services, the Department of Insurance, and the Department on 26 Aging for carrying out its duties under this Act. The 27 committee may have access to data on persons, including data 28 on vendors of services, to carry out the purposes of this 29 Act. If the committee receives data that is collected, 30 maintained, used, or disseminated in an investigation, 31 authorized by statute and relating to enforcement of rules or 32 law, the committee or the chair shall not disclose that HB0659 Engrossed -4- LRB9206605WHcs 1 information except under statute or valid court order, or to 2 a party named in a civil or criminal proceeding, 3 administrative or judicial, for preparation of defense. 4 Data described in this subsection is classified as public 5 data upon its submission to an administrative law judge or 6 court in an administrative or judicial proceeding. 7 Section 5-30. Long-term care research and database. The 8 committee shall collect and analyze State and national 9 long-term care data and research, including relevant health 10 data, information, and research relating to long-term care 11 and social needs, service utilization, costs, and client 12 outcomes. The committee shall make recommendations to State 13 agencies and other public and private agencies for methods of 14 improving coordination of existing data, develop data needed 15 for long-term care research, and promote new research 16 activities. Research and data activities shall be designed 17 to accomplish the following: 18 (1) Improve the validity and reliability of existing 19 data and research information. 20 (2) Identify sources of funding and potential uses of 21 funding sources. 22 (3) Evaluate the effectiveness and client outcomes of 23 existing programs. 24 (4) Identify and plan for future changes in the number, 25 level, and type of services needed by seniors.
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