IMPROVING GOVERNMENT

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS of GLEN ELLYN

IMPROVING GOVERNMENT

April 2018

Reviewing activities and/or legislation on both the state and federal levels, some work was completed in the last month.

State of Illinois:  a review of bills on openstates.org that have been introduced, over 500 were passed in the current legislative session.  The bills signed into law at the end of last month include.

HB5812 / Public Act 100-0582 passed March 23, 2018:  a redefining of the guidelines for ‘property tax relief’ grants, school districts can apply for, based upon student count.

HB 4223 / Public Act 100-0583 passed on April 6, 2018:  a redefining of ‘supportive living’ establishments as it relates to receiving Medicare and Medicaid funding.

SB 863 / Public Act 100-0584 passed April 6, 2018: Minimum requirements for educators trained in other states or countries.

Federal Government: a review of bills on congress.gov  that have been introduced and signed into law in the last month included many, many Post Office Namings and the following:

Eliminating Government-funded Oil-painting Act or the EGO Act

“(Sec. 2) This bill prohibits the use of funds appropriated or otherwise made available to the federal government to pay for an official portrait of an officer or employee of the federal government, including the President, the Vice President, a Member of Congress, the head of an executive agency, or the head of an office of the legislative branch.” 

State Veterans Home Adult Day Health Care Improvement Act of 2017

“(Sec. 2) This bill directs the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to enter into an agreement with each state home to pay for medical supervision model adult day health care for a veteran for whom the home is not receiving VA nursing home care payments. Such payment shall constitute payment in full for such care.

The veteran must need such care either specifically for a service-connected disability, or, if not specifically for one, the veteran must have a service-connected disability rated 70% or more.

The payment rate under each VA-state home agreement for a veteran shall be established through regulations prescribed by the VA to adequately reimburse the home for the care, including necessary transportation expenses. Such rate shall not take effect until 30 days after the date on which the regulations are published in the Federal Register. Until such time, the initial rate shall equal 65% of the payment that the VA would otherwise pay to the state home if the veteran were receiving nursing home care.

"Medical supervision model adult day health care" means adult day health care that includes the coordination of physician services, dental services, nursing services, the administration of drugs, and such other requirements as the VA may determine.”