Synopsis As Introduced Amends the Illinois Public Aid Code. Provides that, subject to funding availability, the Department of Healthcare and Family Services shall administer a local health department clinic grant program to make grants to local health departments for development of comprehensive dental clinics for dental care services to increase dental access for medical assistance clients who have no dental arrangements with a dental provider in a project's service area. Provides that Medically Underserved Areas (MUAs) and Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) shall receive special priority for grants under this program. Provides that local health departments and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) are eligible for grants. Sets forth limitations on the use of grant moneys. Effective immediately.
Senate Committee Amendment No. 1 Replaces everything after the enacting clause with substantially similar provisions amending the Illinois Public Aid Code concerning a dental clinic grant program, but with changes that include the following: (1) adds, as a purpose of the program, the building of public infrastructure for dental care; (2) adds rural health clinics as entities entitled to apply for grants; (3) provides that the primary purpose of new dental clinics will be to increase dental access for low-income and Department of Healthcare and Family Services (instead of medical assistance) clients; and (4) provides that the Department of Healthcare and Family Services shall establish procedures for applying for dental clinic grants (instead of using another specified grant application process). Effective immediately.