Synopsis As Introduced Amends the Illinois Public Aid Code. Requires the Department of Healthcare and Family Services to make application to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services by July 1, 2017 for a State plan amendment to implement the Community First Choice Option pursuant to the Social Security Act. Requires the Department, beginning on July 1, 2017, but no later than July 1, 2018, to submit applications to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for all Medicaid funding options available for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including a research and demonstration waiver application pursuant to the Social Security Act. Effective immediately.
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Department of Human Services Act. Requires the Secretary of Human Services to appoint a task force to review current and potential federal funds for home and community-based service options for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Provides that the task force shall consist of: (i) the Secretary of Human Services who shall serve as chairperson of the task force; (ii) one representative of the Department of Healthcare and Family Services; (iii) 2 persons who are guardians or family members of individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities and who do not have responsibility for management or formation of policy regarding the programs subject to review; (iv) 3 persons who self-identify as individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities and who are engaged in advocacy for the rights of individuals with disabilities; and (v) other specified persons. Requires the task force to review: the current federal Medicaid matching funds for services provided in the State; ways to maximize federal supports for the current services provided, including attendant services, housing, and other services to promote independent living; options that require federal approval and federal funding; ways to minimize the impact of constituents awaiting services; and all avenues to utilize federal funding involving home and community-based services identified by the task force. Requires appointments to the task force to be made by July 1, 2017. Provides that the task force shall report its findings to the Governor and General Assembly no later than July 1, 2018, and, upon filing its report, the task force is dissolved. Effective immediately.