2016 Policy Priorities

EverThrive Illinois' 2016 policy priorities coincide with, but are not limited to, our organization’s Initiative issue areas and are intended to help us meet our mission of improving the health of Illinois women, children, adolescents and families over the lifespan. EverThrive IL envisions an Illinois that works toward equity and social justice, fosters the development of healthy families and provides fair access to quality health care. EverThrive IL will work on policies at the federal and state level to ensure these basic rights are met.

Child and Adolescent Health:

  • Advocate for and support school health centers (SHCs) as school and community assets by protecting the State grant program for school health centers and ensuring that SHCs are integrated fully into emerging financial models, such as Medicaid Managed Care.
  • Advocate for policy solutions that enable the sustainable integration of behavioral health services in SHCs.
  • Provide youth opportunities to become civically engaged and advocate for SHCs.
  • In partnership with other advocacy and community-based organizations, advocate for and support efforts to address social determinants of health for children and adolescents, as well as, policy initiatives that promote safety and confidentiality.


Healthy Lifestyles:

  • Support policies that protect and improve access to government food and nutrition programs including, but not limited to, Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR), SNAP, WIC, free and reduced meals for students, alternative school breakfast programs,  and summer feeding programs.
  • Support policies and programs that will improve nutrition and increase the physical activity of children.
  • Support policies and programs that improve food security, access, quality and affordability at the federal, state, and local levels.
  • Support public health policy approaches aimed at reducing the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages, including taxing these beverages as proposed in the Illinois Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Act.


Health Reform:

  • Monitor and improve the systems by which consumers obtain health coverage and ensure this coverage leads to accessible, affordable, comprehensive and quality health care including, but not limited to, Affordable Care Act provisions, Medicaid, FamilyCare and All Kids.
  • Advocate for maximizing eligibility and renewal rate within Medicaid, FamilyCare and All Kids and a reduction in  administrative burdens on individuals and families utilizing these programs.
  • Protect, support, and advocate for a range of comprehensive benefits for women, including a full range of reproductive health services in all forms of health insurance coverage.
  • Monitor implementation of Medicaid managed care/care coordination models in Illinois and advocate for access to comprehensive, accessible, affordable, and quality services within these models.
  • Support solutions that address on-going coverage gaps for priority population groups, including undocumented adults.
  • Protect access to oral health services for Medicaid adults and children.
  • Ensure that children enrolled in All Kids have access to the full range of free prevention, treatment, and transportation services guaranteed by the federal Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) program.
  • Support policies aimed at increasing access to affordable, quality, and comprehensive health care services through an increase of existing and emerging forms of health care service delivery, including Community Health Workers (CHWs) and telehealth.


  • Support policies and programs that will increase immunization rates and decrease vaccine preventable disease across the lifespan.
  • Protect 317 federal funding which supplies vaccines to Federally Qualified Health Centers for children and adults who are underinsured and uninsured, funds vaccines during vaccine preventable disease outbreaks, and provides funding for community-based education.
  • Support policies and legislation that increase the number of hospital and healthcare professionals vaccinated in these settings.
  • Work to clarify the role of pharmacists in the "Immunization neighborhood" with the goals of a) requiring pharmacists to report vaccinations to the state immunization registry (I-CARE) and b) improving Medicaid reimbursement policy for pharmacists.



Maternal and Infant Mortality:

  • Support effective policies and programs that address the reduction of premature births, improve outcomes for premature infants, and support caregivers of premature infants.
  • Support policies and programs that address the mental health needs, including postpartum depression, of pregnant and parenting women.
  • Support policies and programs that promote healthy pregnancies, infants, and children which include but are not limited to Title V, Healthy Start, Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV), WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children), Early Intervention (EI), Head Start and breastfeeding promotion.
  • Support policies and programs that reduce the economic disparities that exist for women, children, adolescents and families, including raising the minimum wage and implementing a fair tax structure.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015