Children's Health Caucus
Children’s Health Caucus Co-Chairs: Rep. Tom Demmer, Sen. Julie Morrison, Sen. Chuck Weaver, and Rep. Camille Lilly
A bipartisan group of Illinois legislators from the House and Senate have come together to form a Children's Health Caucus within the general assembly.
The Illinois Legislative Children's Health Caucus will review:
- Early childhood development
- Physical, social and emotional health and well-being of Illinois children and adolescents
- Evidence-based policies and programs to achieve health equity for children, families and communities throughout the state
Investments in child and adolescent health support the long-term economic and social well-being of Illinois. The caucus is guided by the belief that:
- Every Illinois child should receive meaningful, timely, equitable access to appropriate high value, quality health care with the State working to reduce health disparities.
- Every Illinois child should be protected from injury, abuse, neglect and crime.
- Poor child health is often attributable to provery and other social determinants of health such as racism, education, recreational opportunities and circumstances.
- Unaddressed childhood health issues can have negative implications across a person's lifespan.
The caucus will be staffed by the newly formed Collaborative for Children's Health Policy.
Access to Specialty Care for Children on Medicaid
On April 24, the Children’s Health Caucus convened its first meeting. The lawmakers in attendance learned about the challenges Illinois children face in gaining access to child-focused specialty care such as pediatric mental health providers, pediatric dentists, pediatric occupational therapists, neurologists and surgeons. The Collaborative for Children’s Health Policy presented an important brief for the Children’s Health Caucus entitled, Access to Specialty Care for Children on Medicaid.
Download the full PDF of the brief.
Download the Executive Summary of the brief.