Julie Hamos honored with the 2014 “Paul Simon Courage in Public Service Award”
May 14, 2014. Springfield, IL- Yesterday, at the annual Lutheran Day in Springfield, the Paul Simon Courage in Public Service Award was presented to Julie Hamos, Director of Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services. The Paul Simon Courage in Public Service Award recognizes a public official from Illinois, who exemplifies the commitment to developing just, compassionate, and responsible public policy. The award was created in honor of the late Senator Simon, one of the state’s greatest Lutherans and public servants.
Julie Hamos started her distinguished career as a public interest attorney, legislative counsel, community relations consultant, and advocate, where she then served as State Representative of the 18th District for more than 11 years. Here, she served as Chief Sponsor for numerous key health initiatives, such as the Illinois Health Information Exchange and Technology Act, the Children’s Mental Health Act, and many more. Named Crain’s Chicago Business “25 Women to Watch” in 2007, and “Top Legislator” by over 50 organizations, Ms. Hamos has shown great courage in accepting the leadership of the Illinois Department of Health and Family Services, and leading bipartisan growth, where immense government funding reductions co-exist with increasing poverty levels.
In April of 2010, Julie Hamos was appointed Director of Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services. In a short period of time, she successfully launched a major expansion of care coordination and managed care for Medicaid clients, planning for national healthcare reform, and crafting an innovative plan, in a bipartisan legislative collaboration, to rescue Medicaid, by closing a $2.7 billion budget gap. In May 2012, Ms. Hamos successfully passed the SMART Act, which scaled Medicaid to fit available funding sources through spending reductions, utilization control, and provider rate cuts. While this Act has been controversial, she has accepted the challenge and has shown her leadership, courage, and determination to improve the state of Illinois.
Lutheran agencies involved in Lutheran Day include: Advocate Health Care, Bethesda Lutheran Communities, Concordia Place, Holy Family Ministries, Lutheran Advocacy†Illinois (a grassroots justice advocacy organization), Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI), Lutheran Child and Family Services, Mosaic, and Saint Luke Ministries. For more information, visit www.LutheranDay.org
Eric J. Draut, Executive Chairman of LSSI presents the “Paul Simon Courage in Public Service Award” to Julie Hamos, Director of Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, at the 2014 Lutheran Day in Springfield, IL on May 13, 2014.
About Lutheran Day
Lutheran Day was created in 2004, when two Lutheran human service provider organizations—Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI) and Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois (LCFS)—recognized that they had common concerns relating to their partnerships with state government, specifically with inadequate state funding for human services, and the larger issue of inadequate and unsustainable state revenue to cover the cost of state programs. As a result of those meetings, the two organizations reach out to other Lutheran human service provider organizations in Illinois, combining and lifting up their voices and constituencies, to support the strengthening of the public-private human services safety net in Illinois.