Rep. Jay Hoffman
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AMENDMENT TO SENATE BILL 1573
AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend Senate Bill 1573 on page 1, by
inserting immediately below line 3 the following:
The Equity in Long-term Care Quality Act is
amended by adding Section 25 as follows:
(30 ILCS 772/25 new)
Nursing home labor force program.
(a) The Department of Public Health, contingent upon
approval by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services,
shall establish a nursing home labor force promotion,
expansion, and retention program no later than January 1, 2020
using moneys appropriated from the Equity in Long-term Care
(b) Components of the program shall include, but are not
limited to: (1) a public relations campaign to encourage people
to become nursing home workers; (2) scholarships for certified
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nursing assistants, licensed practical nurses, and registered
nurses; and (3) retention incentives for nursing home workers.
(c) The Department shall establish partnerships with one or
more community colleges or universities to execute the program.
Sixty percent of the scholarships provided by the program shall
be distributed to candidates living in counties with 3,000,000
or more residents. Preferential scholarship consideration
shall be given to certified nursing assistants, single parents,
and applicants from communities that are economically
depressed or that have high percentages of Medicaid
beneficiaries, immigrants, or racial or ethnic minorities.
(d) The Department shall report to the General Assembly no
later than January 30, 2020 on the status of the establishment
of the program. No later than January 1, 2021, and each January
1 thereafter, the Department shall report to the General
Assembly the number of scholarships awarded during the
preceding year and the demographics of the awardees.
on page 9, by inserting immediately below line 17 the
This Act takes effect upon