The third quarter of 2017 has been very quiet from a legislative perspective in both Washington and Springfield. ICHA’s Executive Director has been organizing its inaugural meeting of physicians in conjunction with the HSHS and OSF Healthcare Systems. The Physicians Retreat will take place on October 27, 2017 at the Jump Education Center in Peoria, IL. The retreat presenter will be Myles Sheehan, SJ, MD. Continuing medical education (CME) credits will be provided by The Prairie Heart Institute.
ICHA’s Executive Director attended Cardinal Cupich’s event at the City Club of Chicago on July 17th and also OSF Healthcare’s Fall Ethics Seminar on September 15th in Peoria, IL.
ICHA is in the process of developing the Board of Director’s ballot for next year. The ballot will go to the Sponsors and Bishops on Monday, October 2, 2017. Once the Executive Director has received the completed ballots he will publish the membership of the ICHA Board of Directors for 2018.
2017 UPCOMING MEETINGS
In addition to the Physician’s Retreat, in October, ICHA will be attending the White Mass in Springfield on October 14th, The Catholic Conference of Illinois (CCI) Board Meeting on October 20th and Kevin Schoeplein’s retirement party on October 23rd. In November, ICHA’s Executive Director will be attending the Diocese of Peoria Health Care Day on November 9th in Peoria, IL.
At the State level, the legislature passed, and the Governor signed, a budget after three years, which will hopefully bring relief to our social service agencies and Medicaid providers. Also, ICHA is deeply disappointed that Governor Rauner did not live up to his promise to veto HB40 which allows for public funding of abortions for any reason and at any point during a pregnancy. He signed the bill on September 28th. Prior to signing the legislation, the Bishops had written the Governor asking for a meeting and CCI and ICHA was actively preparing efforts had this meeting request been accepted.
At the Federal level, once again efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have failed and ICHA is following bi-partisan efforts to fix the ACA but are not hopeful. On the issue of the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, ICHA released the following statement:
Illinois currently hosts 42,000 young people enrolled in the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, tying with New York State for third place for the most participants in the nation.
These Dreamers work in our hospitals, clinics and laboratories, and we value them as co-workers. They come to us as patients and caregivers, and we treat their illnesses and listen to their concerns. They live in our communities, and we respect them as neighbors. We cherish them as children of God, and honor their dignity – as we do for every human being.
We are dismayed by the current uncertainty with DACA, which has put anxiety into Dreamers’ hearts and doubt into their future. We urge members of Congress to quickly reach a bipartisan solution that allows these educated and hardworking young people to keep their integral role in American society.
As an update on ICHA’s Chaplaincy Education Program with the National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC), ICHA continues to register participants. To date, 189 persons registered for the course; 96 have completed it.
ICHA continues to operate under a balanced budget. ICHA recently developed their FY 17-18 budget which was recommended unanimously by the Finance Committee and approved by the Board on March 16th. Invoices for the FY 17-18 dues were sent out on July 1st. Follow up notices went out in mid-September for those few who have not yet paid their dues.
ICHA finalized its financial compilation (in place of an annual fiscal audit) and distributed it to the Finance Committee and the Board of Directors. The review was done by the firm Hochfelder & Weber.
Thank you for all you do on behalf of the ministry. We continue to look for better ways to serve you and are always open to new ideas. If ICHA may assist you in any way, please contact me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org