CHICAGO – Former Illinois budget director Tim Nuding has landed at the Illinois Health and Hospital Association.
Nuding will join the association as senior vice president of member relations on Jan. 17. He will direct the association's membership activities and programs, as well as IHA's educational curriculum and communications and marketing efforts.
"Tim Nuding has extensive management experience and proven leadership, communication and analytical skills that will strengthen IHA's ability to address the many needs of our members," IHA President A.J. Wilhelmi said in a statement Wednesday. "In addition, he has considerable expertise about critical state government policies and programs, including the state budget, which will be invaluable."
Gov. Bruce Rauner announced Nuding's departure from state government late last month.
"I look forward to working with A.J. Wilhelmi, the IHA Board and the Association's more than 200 hospital members across the state who play a critical role in our state's healthcare delivery system as well as our economy," Nuding said.
Nuding, who is well-versed in state Medicaid funding issues, joins the association as it is ramping up efforts to emphasize the potential ill effects a repeal of federal healthcare reform could have on hospitals and the state and local economies if replacement legislation is not also passed and cuts in Medicaid and Medicare reimbursements rescinded.
Nuding has served as director of the state's Office of Management and Budget since Rauner took office in early 2015. Nuding is well known and respected in Springfield, having worked for the Senate Republican staff for 25 years, with the first 16 years spent working on state fiscal issues through the Senate Appropriations Committee, both as a budget analyst and as the director of the Senate Appropriations staff. He later served as chief of staff to Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno.
While well-respected across the aisle, Nuding could do little to break the state's political gridlock over the budget and watched as the state's ratings sunk into the triple-B category.