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90th General Assembly

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 1                       HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION
 2        WHEREAS, Basic health care is a fundamental need for  all
 3    people regardless of medical condition or well being; and
 4        WHEREAS, The availability of health insurance coverage is
 5    an  issue  for  many  Americans  who  lose the opportunity to
 6    obtain quality health care coverage because of loss of  group
 7    insurance; and
 8        WHEREAS,  In  response to the needs of millions of people
 9    throughout the United States, the federal government  enacted
10    in   1996   the  federal  Health  Insurance  Portability  and
11    Accountability Act (HIPAA) in order to provide portability of
12    health care coverage without pre-existing conditions; and
13        WHEREAS, The Illinois General Assembly passed legislation
14    enabling the Comprehensive Health Insurance Plan (CHIP) to be
15    considered   the   acceptable   alternative   mechanism   for
16    individual coverage in  Illinois  following  the  passage  of
17    HIPAA; and
18        WHEREAS,  CHIP  has provided health insurance coverage to
19    nearly 15,000  Illinoisans  who  otherwise  would  have  gone
20    uninsured; and
21        WHEREAS,  CHIP,  as  the acceptable alternative mechanism
22    for individual coverage under HIPAA, has distinguished itself
23    among  all  of  the  states  as  the  model  for   enrollment
24    development  and program execution, fulfilling the mandate of
25    the  Federal  government   in   allowing   health   insurance
26    portability coverage without regard to preexisting conditions
27    to federally eligible individuals; and
28        WHEREAS,  It  is the primary objective of CHIP to provide
29    all Illinois citizens with a "freedom from fear" of not being
30    able to obtain health insurance coverage; and
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 1        WHEREAS, CHIP, as a part of its mission, should embark in
 2    July 1998 on a public awareness project  designed  to  inform
 3    all  Illinois  residents of the health insurance availability
 4    provided by CHIP and HIPAA; therefore be it
 7    CONCURRING  HEREIN,  that  we   congratulate   the   Illinois
 8    Comprehensive  Health  Insurance  Plan  on becoming the model
 9    program for all the  states  in  the  implementation  of  the
10    Health  Insurance  Portability and Accountability Act; and be
11    it further
12        RESOLVED, That July of 1998 shall be designated  as  CHIP
13    awareness month; and be it further
14        RESOLVED, That we extend to the program and its staff our
15    best  wishes  and  our  hopes  that the CHIP public awareness
16    effort during July 1998 will  result  in  the  enrollment  of
17    Illinois  citizens  in  need of health insurance coverage and
18    will allow them to  live  under  one  of  our  most  precious
19    freedoms,  the  freedom  from  fear  of being without quality
20    health care; and be it further
21        RESOLVED, That a  suitable  copy  of  this  preamble  and
22    resolution  be  prepared  and  delivered to the CHIP Board of
23    Directors and the Executive Director, Richard W. Carlson,  as
24    a demonstration of our continued support for the mission this
25    program undertakes.

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