Full Text of SB1945 97th General Assembly
SB1945eng 97TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
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AN ACT concerning health.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
This Article may be cited as the
Comprehensive Healthcare Workforce Planning Act.
As used in this Act:
"Council" means the State Healthcare Workforce Council
created by this Act.
"Department" means the Department of Public Health.
Implementation of this Act is entirely
subject to the availability and appropriation of funds from
federal grant money applied for by the Department of Public
Health. The State Healthcare Workforce Council is hereby
established to provide an ongoing assessment of healthcare
workforce trends, training issues, and financing policies, and
to recommend appropriate State government and private sector
efforts to address identified needs. The work of the Council
shall focus on: healthcare workforce supply and distribution;
cultural competence and minority participation in health
professions education; primary care training and practice; and
data evaluation and analysis. The Council shall work in
coordination with the State Health Improvement Plan
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Implementation Coordination Council to ensure alignment with
the State Health Improvement Plan.
(a) The following 10 persons or their designees shall be
members of the Council: the Director of the Department; a
representative of the Governor's Office; the Secretary of Human
Services; the Directors of the Departments of Commerce and
Economic Opportunity, Employment Security, Financial and
Professional Regulation, and Healthcare and Family Services;
and the executive director of the Illinois Board of Higher
Education, the President of the Illinois Community College
Board, and the State Superintendent of Education.
(b) The Governor shall appoint 8 additional members, who
shall be healthcare workforce experts, including
representatives of practicing physicians, nurses, pharmacists,
and dentists, State and local health professions
organizations, schools of medicine and osteopathy, nursing,
dental, allied health, and public health; public and private
teaching hospitals; health insurers, business; and labor. The
Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives, the President
of the Illinois Senate, the Minority Leader of the Illinois
House of Representatives, and the Minority Leader of the
Illinois Senate may each appoint 2 representatives to the
Council. Members appointed under this subsection (b) shall
serve 4-year terms and may be reappointed.
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(c) The Director of the Department shall serve as Chair of
the Council. The Governor shall appoint a healthcare workforce
expert from the non-governmental sector to serve as Vice-Chair.
Five-year comprehensive healthcare workforce
(a) Every 5 years, the Department, in cooperation with the
Council, shall prepare a comprehensive healthcare workforce
(b) The comprehensive healthcare workforce plan shall
include, but need not be limited to, the following:
(1) 25-year projections of the demand and supply of
health professionals to meet the needs of healthcare within
(2) The identification of all funding sources for which
the State has administrative control that are available for
health professions training.
(3) Recommendations on how to rationalize and
coordinate the State-supported programs for health
(4) Recommendations on actions needed to meet the
projected demand for health professionals over the 25 years
of the plan.
(c) Each year in which a comprehensive healthcare workforce
plan is not due, the Department, on behalf of the Council,
shall prepare a report by July 1 of that year to the Governor
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and the General Assembly on the progress made toward achieving
the projected goals of the current comprehensive healthcare
workforce plan during the previous calendar year.
(d) The Department shall provide staffing to the Council.
The members of the Council shall
receive no compensation but shall be entitled to reimbursement
for any necessary expenses incurred in connection with the
performance of their duties.
This Act takes effect on July