MurphySPRINGFIELD – State Senator Laura Murphy is working to form a new Medicaid subcommittee to help streamline the Medicaid system in Illinois.

“The Medicaid system is the cornerstone of health care for individuals with developmental disabilities, yet navigating its complexities can be daunting,” said Murphy (D-Des Plaines). “With the subcommittee, we seek to remove these barriers and create a more efficient, person-centered Medicaid system that puts individuals and their needs first.”

The measure would create a subcommittee under the Medicaid Advisory Committee at the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services. The subcommittee would consist of 30 members, including the directors of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services and Illinois Department of Insurance, as well as social workers, parent advocates, representatives from statewide health organizations and members of the General Assembly.

One goal of the new subcommittee is developing and proposing policies to increase the state’s Medicaid provider networks to give Medicaid clients more choice. It would also work toward streamlining the Medicaid system and making it more efficient to improve quality of care.

“Everyone deserves access to quality health care,” Murphy said. “By exploring new ways to expand the network of Medicaid providers, we pave the way for improved access to essential services, fostering a health care system that leaves no one behind.”

Senate Bill 2655 passed the Senate Wednesday. It now goes to the House for further consideration.