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    (330 ILCS 126/1)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2012)
    Sec. 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Veterans' Health Insurance Program Act of 2008.
(Source: P.A. 95‑755, eff. 7‑25‑08.)

    (330 ILCS 126/3)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2012)
    Sec. 3. Legislative intent. The General Assembly finds that those who have served their country honorably in military service and who are residing in this State deserve access to affordable, comprehensive health insurance. Many veterans are uninsured and unable to afford healthcare. This lack of healthcare, including preventative care, often exacerbates health conditions. The effects of lack of insurance negatively impact those residents of the State who are insured because the cost of paying for care to the uninsured is often shifted to those who have insurance in the form of higher health insurance premiums. It is, therefore, the intent of this legislation to provide access to affordable health insurance for veterans and their spouses residing in Illinois who are unable to afford such coverage. However, the State has only a limited amount of resources, and the General Assembly therefore declares that while it intends to cover as many such veterans and spouses as possible, the State may not be able to cover every eligible person who qualifies for this Program as a matter of entitlement due to limited funding.
(Source: P.A. 95‑755, eff. 7‑25‑08; 96‑45, eff. 7‑15‑09.)

    (330 ILCS 126/5)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2012)
    Sec. 5. Definitions. The following words have the following meanings:
    "Department" means the Department of Healthcare and Family Services, or any successor agency.
    "Director" means the Director of Healthcare and Family Services, or any successor agency.
    "Medical assistance" means health care benefits provided under Article V of the Illinois Public Aid Code.
    "Program" means the Veterans' Health Insurance Program.
    "Resident" means an individual who has an Illinois residence, as provided in Section 5‑3 of the Illinois Public Aid Code.
    "Spouse" means the person who is the person who, under the laws of the State of Illinois, is married to an eligible veteran at the time of application and subsequent re‑determinations for the Program and includes enrolled spouses surviving the death of veteran spouses.
    "Veteran" means any person who has served in a branch of the United States military for greater than 180 days after initial training.
    "Veterans Affairs" or "VA" means the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.
(Source: P.A. 95‑755, eff. 7‑25‑08; 96‑45, eff. 7‑15‑09; 96‑1000, eff. 7‑2‑10.)

    (330 ILCS 126/10)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2012)
    Sec. 10. Operation of the Program.
    (a) The Veterans' Health Insurance Program is created. This Program is not an entitlement. Enrollment is based on the availability of funds, and enrollment may be capped based on funds appropriated for the Program. As soon as practical after the effective date of this Act, coverage for this Program shall begin. The Program shall be administered by the Department of Healthcare and Family Services in collaboration with the Department of Veterans' Affairs. The Department shall have the same powers and authority to administer the Program as are provided to the Department in connection with the Department's administration of the Illinois Public Aid Code. The Department shall coordinate the Program with other health programs operated by the Department and other State and federal agencies.
    (b) The Department shall operate the Program in a manner so that the estimated cost of the Program during the fiscal year will not exceed the total appropriation for the Program. The Department may take any appropriate action to limit spending or enrollment into the Program, including, but not limited to, ceasing to accept or process applications, reviewing eligibility more frequently than annually, adjusting cost‑sharing, or reducing the income threshold for eligibility as necessary to control expenditures for the Program.
(Source: P.A. 95‑755, eff. 7‑25‑08.)

    (330 ILCS 126/15)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2012)
    Sec. 15. Eligibility.
    (a) To be eligible for the Program, a person must:
        (1) be a veteran who is not on active duty and who
     has not been dishonorably discharged from service or the spouse of such a veteran;
        (2) be a resident of the State of Illinois;
        (3) be at least 19 years of age and no older than 64
     years of age;
        (4) be uninsured, as defined by the Department by
     rule, for a period of time established by the Department by rule, which shall be no less than 3 months;
        (5) not be eligible for medical assistance under the
     Illinois Public Aid Code or healthcare benefits under the Children's Health Insurance Program Act or the Covering ALL KIDS Health Insurance Act;
        (6) not be eligible for medical benefits through the
     Veterans Health Administration; and
        (7) have a household income no greater than the sum
     of (i) an amount equal to 25% of the federal poverty level plus (ii) an amount equal to the Veterans Administration means test income threshold at the initiation of the Program; depending on the availability of funds, this level may be increased to an amount equal to the sum of (iii) an amount equal to 50% of the federal poverty level plus (iv) an amount equal to the Veterans Administration means test income threshold. This means test income threshold is subject to alteration by the Department as set forth in subsection (b) of Section 10.
    (b) A veteran or spouse who is determined eligible for
     the Program shall remain eligible for 12 months, provided the veteran or spouse remains a resident of the State and is not excluded under subsection (c) of this Section and provided the Department has not limited the enrollment period as set forth in subsection (b) of Section 10.
    (c) A veteran or spouse is not eligible for coverage
     under the Program if:
        (1) the premium required under Section 35 of this Act
     has not been timely paid; if the required premiums are not paid, the liability of the Program shall be limited to benefits incurred under the Program for the time period for which premiums have been paid and for grace periods as established under subsection (d); if the required monthly premium is not paid, the veteran or spouse is ineligible for re‑enrollment for a minimum period of 3 months; or
        (2) the veteran or spouse is a resident of a nursing
     facility or an inmate of a public institution, as defined by 42 CFR 435.1009.
    (d) The Department shall adopt rules for the Program,
     including, but not limited to, rules relating to eligibility, re‑enrollment, grace periods, notice requirements, hearing procedures, cost‑sharing, covered services, and provider requirements.
(Source: P.A. 95‑755, eff. 7‑25‑08; 96‑45, eff. 7‑15‑09.)

    (330 ILCS 126/20)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2012)
    Sec. 20. Notice of decisions to terminate eligibility. Whenever the Department decides to either deny or terminate eligibility under this Act, the veteran or spouse shall have a right to notice and a hearing, as provided by the Department by rule.
(Source: P.A. 95‑755, eff. 7‑25‑08; 96‑45, eff. 7‑15‑09.)

    (330 ILCS 126/25)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2012)
    Sec. 25. Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs. The Department shall coordinate with the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs and the Veterans Assistance Commissions to allow State Veterans' Affairs service officers and the Veterans Assistance Commissions to assist veterans to apply for the Program. All applicants must be reviewed for Veterans Health Administration eligibility or other existing health benefits prior to consideration for the Program.
(Source: P.A. 95‑755, eff. 7‑25‑08.)

    (330 ILCS 126/30)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2012)
    Sec. 30. Health care benefits.
    (a) For veterans or spouses eligible and enrolled, the Department shall purchase or provide health care benefits for eligible veterans or spouses that are identical to the benefits provided to adults under the State's approved plan under Title XIX of the Social Security Act, except for nursing facility services and non‑emergency transportation.
    (b) Providers shall be subject to approval by the Department to provide health care under the Illinois Public Aid Code and shall be reimbursed at the same rates as providers reimbursed under the State's approved plan under Title XIX of the Social Security Act.
    (c) As an alternative to the benefits set forth in subsection (a) of this Section, and when cost‑effective, the Department may offer veterans or spouses subsidies toward the cost of privately sponsored health insurance, including employer‑sponsored health insurance.
(Source: P.A. 95‑755, eff. 7‑25‑08; 96‑45, eff. 7‑15‑09.)

    (330 ILCS 126/35)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2012)
    Sec. 35. Cost‑sharing. The Department, by rule, shall set forth requirements concerning co‑payments and monthly premiums for health care services. This cost‑sharing shall be based on household income, as defined by the Department by rule, and is subject to alteration by the Department as set forth in subsection (b) of Section 10.
(Source: P.A. 95‑755, eff. 7‑25‑08.)

    (330 ILCS 126/40)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2012)
    Sec. 40. Charge upon claims and causes of action; right of subrogation; recoveries. Sections 11‑22, 11‑22a, 11‑22b, and 11‑22c of the Illinois Public Aid Code apply to health benefits provided to veterans or spouses under this Act, as provided in those Sections.
(Source: P.A. 95‑755, eff. 7‑25‑08; 96‑45, eff. 7‑15‑09.)

    (330 ILCS 126/45)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2012)
    Sec. 45. Reporting.
    (a) The Department shall prepare an annual report for submission to the General Assembly. The report shall be due to the General Assembly by January 1 of each year beginning in 2009. This report shall include information regarding implementation of the Program, including the number of veterans or spouses enrolled and any available information regarding other benefits derived from the Program, including screening for and acquisition of other veterans' benefits through the Veterans' Service Officers and the Veterans' Assistance Commissions. This report may also include recommendations regarding improvements that may be made to the Program and regarding the extension of the repeal date set forth in Section 85 of this Act.
    (b) The Department shall also arrange for the conducting of an evaluation regarding the availability of and access to health care for veterans who are residents of Illinois, taking into consideration the program established by this Act, programs and services provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and programs and services otherwise provided by and available through other public and private entities. The evaluation shall determine whether there are limitations or barriers to care, gaps in service, or other deficits that should be overcome to ensure that veterans are provided appropriate and high‑quality care. The Department shall report on the results of this evaluation to the Governor and the General Assembly by March 1, 2010.
(Source: P.A. 95‑755, eff. 7‑25‑08; 96‑45, eff. 7‑15‑09; 96‑82, eff. 7‑27‑09; 96‑1000, eff. 7‑2‑10.)

    (330 ILCS 126/50)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2012)
    Sec. 50. Emergency rulemaking. The Department may adopt rules necessary to establish and implement this Act through the use of emergency rulemaking in accordance with Section 5‑45 of the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act. For the purposes of that Act, the General Assembly finds that the adoption of rules to implement this Act is deemed an emergency and necessary for the public interest, safety, and welfare.
(Source: P.A. 95‑755, eff. 7‑25‑08.)

    (330 ILCS 126/85)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2012)
    Sec. 85. Repeal. This Act is repealed on January 1, 2012.
(Source: P.A. 95‑755, eff. 7‑25‑08.)

    (330 ILCS 126/90)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2012)
    Sec. 90. (Amendatory provisions; text omitted).
(Source: P.A. 95‑755, eff. 7‑25‑08; text omitted.)

    (330 ILCS 126/97)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2012)
    Sec. 97. Severability. The provisions of this Act are severable under Section 1.31 of the Statute on Statutes.
(Source: P.A. 95‑755, eff. 7‑25‑08.)

    (330 ILCS 126/99)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2012)
    Sec. 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon becoming law.
(Source: P.A. 95‑755, eff. 7‑25‑08.)