§ 5. Legislative findings and purpose. The General Assembly finds as follows:
(1) The statewide rate of infant mortality continues to remain at an unacceptable
level in regard to the national average.
(2) Within the State of Illinois, certain areas and populations continue to experience
rates of infant mortality far greater than either the statewide or national averages. Prevention activities need to be statewide for maximum benefit.
(3) Family case management services are proven to be effective in improving the health
of women and infants and lowering the incidence of infant morbidity and mortality,
particularly those individuals linked to the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program
for Women, Infants and Children (WIC).
(4) Family case management improves the health and development of children and families
by providing the earliest identification of their needs and promoting linkages to
address those needs.
(5) Data demonstrates significantly lower Medicaid expenditures for pregnant and postpartum
women and children who have been enrolled in family case management and WIC services
than for Medicaid-eligible persons not receiving case management services.
Therefore, as a critical component in delivering comprehensive maternal and child
health services in Illinois, it is the purpose of this Act to provide for the establishment
and recognition of a program of family case management to ensure and provide statewide
wrap-around services targeted toward reducing the incidence of infant mortality, very
low birthweight infants, and low birthweight infants within the State.
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