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Medical Eligibility & Special Programs Bureau Chief

We continually strive for a workforce that reflects the growing diversity within the State of Illinois.  A variety of employee backgrounds, perspectives, ideas and experiences are crucial to our ability to most effectively serve the public.  Bilingual skills welcome

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In compliance with the Illinois Equal Pay Act, 820 ILCS 112/1 et seq., the State does not seek, request, or require a job applicant’s wage or salary history.  Employment decisions are not made based on an applicant’s wage or salary history.  To that end, please do not include wage or salary information in your resume or other profile or application materials.

Date:  Jun 9, 2021

Springfield, IL, US, 62701-1634

Job Requisition ID:  4111

Agency:  Department of Healthcare and Family Services 
Closing Date/Time:  06/23/2021 
Salary:  $7,500 - $10,000 Anticipated Monthly 
Job Type:  Salaried Full Time 
County:  Sangamon 
Number of Vacancies:  1 
Plan/BU:  Federally Funded Gubernatorial (Management Bill) 000 



The Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) is seeking to hire a dynamic, organized, detailed-oriented individual to serve as the Chief of the Bureau of Medical Eligibility and Special Programs.  This is a high-level management and advisory position with significant responsibility.  As Chief of the Bureau of Medical Eligibility and Special Programs, you will work with a large team of colleagues in HFS and in other state agencies to improve the lives of Illinoisans by assuring that HFS programs provide health benefits coverage to eligible Illinoisans consistent with state and federal requirements. You will become part of a team committed to providing health benefits to maximize the health and well-being of our customers, with consistent and responsive customer service, and based on a foundation of equity for all customers.  The ideal candidate must have experience interpreting Federal Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) laws and regulations and experience interpreting State laws and administrative rules applicable to medical programs. The nature of the work is very collaborative and requires good working relationships with other staff and bureaus in HFS, other agencies, legislators, and the public to name a few.  This is a fast-paced environment requiring flexibility and excellent prioritization skills.  We invite all qualified applicants to apply.


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Job Responsibilities

25%  Serves as Chief of Bureau of Medical Eligibility Policy and Special Programs (BMESP).

25%  Serves as full line supervisor.

20%  Manages and monitors coordination of medical eligibility policy development and implementation with other relevant Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) initiatives such as care coordination as well as coordinating with the Office of Inspector General, the Department of Human Services and the Department of Aging to achieve the Department’s mission.

10%  Reviews program and operation functions to ensure compliance with Agency and Federal guidelines.

10%  Confers with Agency management, private and public organization, other departments, the General Assembly, other states, the Federal Government, and other organizations interested in BMESP policies and operations.

5%    Responds to BMESP inquiries from Advisory Committee members, legislators, the media and interested public and private organizations.

5%    Performs other duties as required or assigned which are reasonably within the scope of the duties enumerated above.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Requires knowledge, skill, and mental development equivalent to completion of four years of college
  • Requires prior experience equivalent to four years of progressively responsible administrative experience in a public or business organization

Preferred Qualifications

  • Five (5) or more years of experience developing policies for determining eligibility for means tested government sponsored health benefits programs
  • Three (3) or more years of experience interpreting complex federal and state laws and regulations related to means tested government sponsored health benefits programs
  • Two (2) or more years of Professional experience interacting with and communicating in oral and written form with internal and external stakeholders
  • Two (2) years of experience in drafting position papers, decision memos, reports, etc
  • Five (5) or more years of experience managing a team of five (5) or more professional staff
  • Three (3) years of experience in developing management techniques to motivate and engage staff
  • A minimum of one (1) year of experience working with large data sets
  • Two (2) or more years of experience working with Microsoft Excel to create and update spreadsheets
  • One year or more of professional experience responding to inquiries from elected officials, their staff, media, advocates, and other stakeholders
  • Experience meeting with and presenting to federal regulators and state or federal auditors

Conditions of Employment

  • Requires the ability to pass a background check
  • Requires the ability to travel

Work Hours:  8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday 
Work Location: 607 E Adams St Springfield, IL 62701-1634 
Agency Contact:  HFS.DMPApps@illinois.gov
Job Function: Administration/Management 



At the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS), we work in a spirit of teamwork to help millions of people in Illinois lead healthier and more successful lives.  We provide healthcare coverage for children and adults through Medicaid and other medical programs, and we help ensure that children receive financial resources from both their parents through Child Support Services.  HFS is an equal opportunity employer.


HFS is committed to promoting and preserving a workplace culture that embraces diversity and inclusion.  We welcome and value employees with different backgrounds, life experiences, and talents.  It is the collective sum of our individual differences that provides a broad perspective, leading to greater innovation and achievement.  In recruiting for our team, we recognize the unique contributions of each applicant regardless of culture, ethnicity, race, national origin, sex, gender identity and expression, age, religion, disability, and sexual orientation.