March 16, 2006
Public hearings to be held on Health Care Justice Act
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Public hearings on the development of a statewide comprehensive health care access plan will be held in April in two northern congressional districts and Collinsville.
The Health Care Justice Act, which was signed into law last year by Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich, created a 29-member Adequate Health Care Task Force and stipulated that public hearings be held in each of Illinois’ 19 congressional districts to seek public input on development of the access plan. State representatives and senators located in each of the congressional districts are invited to participate in the hearing and to help gather input from interested parties.
U.S. Rep. Mark Steven Kirk (R-IL) represents the 10th Congressional District and U.S. Rep. Melissa Bean (D-IL) represents the 8th Congressional District.
At the hearings, the public can provide testimony regarding access to, and quality and affordability of health care. Each individual has three minutes to testify and will speak in the order in which they sign up.
Those who wish to submit written testimony may do so in three ways:
The task force’s plan, which is due to the General Assembly in 2006, must provide all Illinois residents with access to a full-range of preventive, acute and long-term health care services.
More information about the Health Care Justice Act can be found at http://www.idph.state.il.us/hcja/index.html.
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