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Delegates wanted to shape Springfield legislative agenda

I F YOU HAVE concerns or suggestions about the future of health care delivery, now is the time to exercise your membership privilege and turn your opinions into policy or legislation. The Chicago Medical Society wants your input and your valuable contribution!

Please volunteer as a delegate to the 2018 Illinois State Medical Society’s Annual House of Delegates meeting. The HOD is the legislative body for CMS and ISMS. It meets once a year to establish policy and set legislative objectives on key issues, ranging from scope-of-practice and reimbursement reform, to public health and graduate medical education. As a delegate, you will have the opportunity to shape legislation in both the Illinois General Assembly and the U.S. Congress.

This year’s HOD meets Friday, April 20, through Sunday, April 22, in Oak Brook, at the Hilton Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center, 3500 Midwest Road.

Resolutions Spark New Laws in Illinois
Back in 2016, your Chicago Medical Society crafted a proposal to mandate insurance network adequacy and transparency in Illinois. This successful effort, which was adopted by the HOD, directed ISMS to draft a bill and then introduce it in Springfield. The rest is history. Governor Rauner signed the legislation into law in 2017. Now, all health plans sold in the state of Illinois must adhere to new standards. The law protects both physicians and patients.

Choice of Dates
While times are subject to change, below are the dates on which members are needed to volunteer. You can choose to serve one day, or two days, or all three. On Sunday, the HOD adjourns by 12:00 noon.

  • Friday, April 20
  • Saturday, April 21
  • Sunday, April 22 (Half-day)

To learn more, or to sign up, please contact Ruby at or fax 312-670-3646. You may also call in your availability: 312-670-2550, ext. 344.

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