A public interest lawyer, seasoned lawmaker and Cabinet-level healthcare agency director, Julie Hamos has a unique blend of policy, strategic planning, system development, communications and community outreach, and operational expertise. Her heart and her work center around creating innovative delivery models for the hardest-to-serve.
As director of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, Julie led Medicaid and child support services, administered a $20.5 billion annual budget and supervised a staff of 2,200. She shaped policy and directed the implementation of state healthcare reform, redesign of Medicaid delivery systems, and modernization of major technology systems, all while bringing fiscal discipline to the state healthcare budget.
Under her leadership, Illinois Medicaid transitioned from fee-for-service to managed care. Unique in the nation, Illinois launched managed care by focusing first on the most complex populations including seniors, persons with disabilities, and those with chronic conditions receiving home and community-based care. In managing this change, she skillfully navigated the policy and operational challenges of integrating medical, behavioral health and long-term services and supports for high-risk populations.
Julie also led Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, enrolling 536,000 newly eligible adults, many with multiple conditions requiring post-acute care and long-term services and supports. She strategically engaged sister state agencies, healthcare providers, health plans and community partners, setting a “can-do” tone and direction that has resulted in sustainable internal and external culture change and collaboration.
As an elected state representative skilled in bipartisan problem-solving, the art of negotiation and compromise, Julie championed ground-breaking new policy including the Older Adults Services Act, reforming the Illinois long-term care system, and the Illinois Health Information and Exchange Act, advancing implementation of electronic health records. Focused on healthcare quality, she sponsored laws creating a new Consumer Guide to Health Care and universal hearing screening for all newborns.
Julie earned her law degree from George Washington University and is licensed to practice in Illinois. She received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Washington University-St. Louis.
Her professional and personal stories intertwine to make Julie a compelling, compassionate and fearless advocate for her clients. The daughter of Holocaust survivors, Julie escaped as a young girl with her family from Hungary during the 1956 revolution. That experience taught her lessons about courage and determination that remain the driving force behind her work today.
Julie is married to Alan Greiman, a retired appellate court judge – just imagine those dinner table conversations. Together, they love their large family and traveling the world.