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Weekly Legislative Update – May 24, 2010

May 24, 2010

The House and Senate retu to Springfield this week with the House coming in on Monday and the Senate on Wednesday.  While there have been discussions among legislators and the Goveor over the last 2 weeks, there is still not a clear plan or resolution for fixing the budget shortfall.  The Goveor continues to press […]

Weekly Legislative Update – May 10, 2010

May 10, 2010

May 7th, the scheduled adjoument day for the General Assembly has come and gone.  And while the legislature is not in Springfield any longer, they left without approving a working budget for the coming fiscal year.  The Senate passed several measures to fund FY11 but, the House was unable to put together enough votes to […]

Two ICEP Members Honored with College’s Annual Awards

May 5, 2010

Two of ICEP’s dedicated physicians were honored for their ongoing commitment to the College with ICEP’s annual awards at the 2010 Spring Symposium and Annual Business Meeting on April 29 at Northweste Memorial Hospital.  Mark E. Mackey, MD, MBA, FACEP, of Chicago, was presented with the College’s highest honor, the Bill B. Smiley Meritorious Service […]

Legislative Update – Week of May 3

May 3, 2010

Monday begins the final week of scheduled session, although the certainty of an on-time adjoument is still very much in question.  Budget negotiations and identification of acceptable revenue sources continues to be the major focus of the remaining days.  A straight income tax increase appears to be the least likely source of new revenues but, […]

Legislative Update – Week of March 29

March 29, 2010

The attached Weekly Legislative Update prepared by ICEP’s lobbyists, Illinois Stragies, LLC., provides the status and actions on bills of interest during the week of March 29, 2010. Other than the House being scheduled for a Perfunctory Session day on the 29th, both chambers went home after last week for a 2-week Spring Break. The chambers will […]

Weekly Legislative Update – March 22, 2010

March 22, 2010

The deadline for bills to be moved out of their substantive committees and to the floor for consideration has now passed in both chambers.  The House has finished inputting information into the system to indicate which bills have been re-referred to Rules for failure to pass by the deadline.  Those bills are listed on this […]

ACEP Reacts to Sweeping Health Care Reforms

In wake of Sunday evening’s actions by the U.S. House of Representatives, ACEP issued the following statement that the nation’s emergency physicians fully support universal health coverage, but waed that ED visits will increase under the new health care form legislation:  “The need to shore up our nation’s emergency departments is as urgent as ever.  While many […]

Medicare Physician Payment Cuts Postponed until April 1

March 11, 2010

On March 2, the Senate voted 78-19 to pass H.R. 4691, the “Temporary Extension Act of 2010,” which extends a number of expiring programs for 30 days, including current Medicare physician payment rates, which would once again postpone the 21% cut that was scheduled to take effect this year. H.R. 4691 passed the House on Feb. […]

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