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  • Illinois General Assembly Convenes to Tackle State Budget, COVID-19 Relief and Other Healthcare-Related Agenda Items
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    The Illinois Legislature convened a fast and furious four-day legislative session last week. Here are the key highlights on what lawmakers passed during the session:

    • A state budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021.

    • A bill extending the Illinois Hospital Assessment Program; in addition to securing new Medicaid funds for hospitals, the bill includes a $150 million funding increase intended to give a small bump for physician Medicaid reimbursement.

    • A healthcare omnibus package, covering a variety of issues, including requiring the Illinois Department of Insurance and the Illinois Department of Health and Family services to study how state government can help people who lack health insurance.

    • Additional workplace protections for both employee and employer.






  • Now More Than Ever, Patients Need Relief from the High Cost of Prescriptions

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    While COVID-19 has dominated the headlines for months, many Illinois residents are also dealing with health issues unrelated to the virus that may require medications. In addition, many have lost their jobs and health insurance.

    ISMS’ Benefit Partner, the Illinois Rx Card, may be able to help ease the burden of costly prescription medications for your patients. This savings program is designed to help those who may be uninsured, underinsured or who have health insurance coverage with no prescription benefits – but anyone can use it. 

    Patients (and doctors, too) can save up to 75% on prescription drugs by using this free card. All they need to do is present the card at a pharmacy when paying for a prescription. 

    In instances in which patients or ISMS members are unable to go to the pharmacy in person, they should call the pharmacy to provide the information and the discount can be applied. 

    If you are interested in ordering cards for your practice, clinic, hospital or for yourself, please contact Program Development Director Stacy Miller by email or call 888-615-1988. The card can also be printed at home or in your office.


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  • Preparing for the July 15 Tax Deadline? Remember, a Significant Portion of Your Membership Dues Are Tax Deductible
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    Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Internal Revenue Service and the state of Illinois have extended the deadline to July 15, 2020, to file income tax returns (and pay, if money is owed). 

    When you file, note that the portion of your ISMS dues for the 2019 membership year supporting non-tax-deductible activities is 11%. Therefore, for federal income tax purposes, your dues for 2019 are 89% tax-deductible.

    For applicability to your individual circumstances, check with your tax consultant or advisor. 




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