Senator Gillespie speaks into a microphone during a Senate committee.

SPRINGFIELD — State Senator Ann Gillespie’s comprehensive Medicaid package was signed into law today, which will expand access to care for thousands of Illinois residents and provide vital support for mental health services.

“Medicaid is a critical safety net for thousands of Illinois residents who rely on it for health care,” said Gillespie (D-Arlington Heights). “By increasing reimbursement rates, expanding services and investing in telehealth, we can help providers offer affordable, quality care.”

The new law contains numerous provisions aimed at improving Medicaid reimbursement rates and expanding services across various health care sectors. Included are rate increases for inpatient substance use disorder treatment, hospitals, supportive living facilities, community-based mental health services, and inpatient psychiatric care at hospitals. These reimbursement rate increases will bolster the availability and quality of care in these critical areas.

For mental health care, reimbursement for additional mental health professionals at Federally Qualified Health Centers will significantly increase the capacity of these facilities to provide essential mental health services. Additionally, a new waiver program to provide telehealth services for individuals with developmental disabilities will offer accessible and convenient care options, reducing the need for trips to the emergency room.

Increased reimbursement rates are also included for medically complex and developmentally disabled children, long-acting reversible contraceptives, ground and air ambulances, and services for occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech pathology. A new billing code to assist with assessment and care planning for Alzheimer’s and other dementias will facilitate comprehensive and personalized care for affected individuals. Overall, these enhancements will address gaps in care and ensure that vulnerable populations receive the necessary support and resources they require.

“This comprehensive Medicaid package reflects our commitment to enhancing health outcomes and providing vital support for mental health services,” Gillespie said. “Through strategic investments and evidence-based policies, we aim to streamline care delivery and ultimately improve the overall health and well-being of our communities.”

Senate Bill 1298 was signed into law Friday.