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Email: greynolds@ipha.org Legislative Report May 16, 2021
Prepared by: Garth K. Reynolds, RPh
Illinois Pharmacists Association
Legislation Monitoring Report
101st General Assembly
Bill Information
UNFUNDED MANDATES PROHIBITED
(DELUCA A)

Amends the State Mandates Act. Provides that any State mandate regarding any subject matter enacted on or after the effective date of this amendatory Act that necessitates additional expenditures from local government revenues shall be void and unenforceable unless the General Assembly makes necessary appropriations to implement that mandate. Provides that the failure of the General Assembly to make necessary appropriations shall relieve the local government of the obligation to implement any State mandate. Makes conforming changes. Effective immediately.

  RECENT STATUS

3/27/2021 - Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

3/25/2021 - House Income Tax Subcommittee

3/25/2021 - House Revenue & Finance

INS CD-SUBSTANCE USE TREATMENT
(MASON J)

House Floor Amendment No. 1 - Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Illinois Insurance Code. Provides that a company authorized to transact life insurance in the State may not, based solely on whether an individual has participated in a substance use treatment or recovery support program no less than 5 years before application or whether an individual has been prescribed or has obtained through a standing order an opioid antagonist, deny coverage to an individual; limit the amount, extent, or kind of coverage available to the individual; or charge the individual or a group to which the individual belongs a rate that is different from the rate charged to other individuals or groups for the same coverage unless the charge is based on sound underwriting or actuarial principles reasonably related to actual or anticipated loss experience for a particular risk.

  RECENT STATUS

5/19/2021 - Senate Insurance

Time & Location: 4:30 PM, Virtual Room 1 - ILGA.gov

5/10/2021 - Assigned to Senate Insurance

4/27/2021 - Referred to Senate Assignments

VETERANS BILL OF RIGHTS
(MASON J)

Creates the Veterans Bill of Rights Act. Requires the Department of Veterans' Affairs to make specified efforts to: (1) increase loans to small business concerns owned and controlled by veterans or service-disabled veterans; (2) increase veterans' access to health care coverage and services; (3) take specified steps toward preventing veteran suicide; and (4) develop and implement a strategy to end veteran homelessness within 3 years. Directs the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation to review all State licenses for which military service members may have relevant training or experience, produce a report recommending steps that can be taken to increase recognition of military training and experience toward licensing, and take those steps within one year of issuing the report. Contains provisions regarding veterans at public institutions of higher education receiving college credit, registering for courses, and being called to active duty. Requires the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to annually review apprentice, training, and other vocational programs focused on providing job training and placement to returning military service members and veterans. Contains other provisions.

  RECENT STATUS

3/27/2021 - Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

3/26/2021 - Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Martin J. Moylan

3/23/2021 - House Veterans' Affairs

INS CD-COVERAGE FOR INHALANTS
(COSTA HOWARD T)

Amends the Illinois Insurance Code. In provisions providing that a group or individual policy of accident and health insurance or managed care plan that provides coverage for prescription drugs shall not deny or limit coverage for prescription inhalants to enable persons to breathe when suffering from asthma or other life-threatening bronchial ailments based upon any restriction on the number of days before an inhaler refill may be obtained, requires coverage for prescription inhalants. Amends the State Employees Group Insurance Act of 1971, the Counties Code, the Illinois Municipal Code, the School Code, the Limited Health Service Organization Act, and the Illinois Public Aid Code to provide that health benefits under those Acts are subject to the provisions of the Illinois Insurance Code regarding prescription inhalants. Effective January 1, 2022.

  RECENT STATUS

3/27/2021 - Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

3/25/2021 - House Insurance

3/22/2021 - House Insurance

HEALTH CARE FOR ALL
(FLOWERS M)

Creates the Health Care for All Illinois Act. Provides that all individuals residing in this State are covered under the Illinois Health Services Program for health insurance. Sets forth requirements and qualifications of participating health care providers. Sets forth the specific standards for provider reimbursement. Provides that it is unlawful for private health insurers to sell health insurance coverage that duplicates the coverage of the program. Requires the State to establish the Illinois Health Services Trust to provide financing for the program. Sets forth the specific requirements for claims billed under the program. Provides that the program shall include funding for long-term care services and mental health services. Creates the Pharmaceutical and Durable Medical Goods Committee to negotiate the prices of pharmaceuticals and durable medical goods with suppliers or manufacturers on an open bid competitive basis. Provides that patients in the program shall have the same rights and privacy as they are entitled to under current State and federal law. Provides that the Commissioner, the Chief Medical Officer, the public State board members, and employees of the program shall be compensated in accordance with the current pay scale for State employees and as deemed professionally appropriate by the General Assembly. Effective July 1, 2021.

  RECENT STATUS

4/23/2021 - Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

4/23/2021 - House Bills on Second Reading

4/22/2021 - House Bills on Second Reading

IDPH-WOMEN'S HEALTH CLINICS
(FLOWERS M)

Amends the Department of Public Health Powers and Duties Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Requires the Department of Public Health to establish women's health clinics throughout the State to provide affordable health care for women. Requires the services provided at the women's health clinic to be offered at an affordable price and to include specified services, including women's health examinations, pregnancy confirmation, prenatal care, labor and delivery services, postpartum care, family planning examinations and birth control services, and care for sexually transmitted diseases and infections.

  RECENT STATUS

4/6/2021 - Added Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. LaToya Greenwood

3/27/2021 - Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

3/23/2021 - House Health Care Availability & Accessibility

MEDICAID-CHILDBEARING WOMEN
(FLOWERS M)

Amends the Medical Assistance Article of the Illinois Public Aid Code. Extends medical assistance coverage to all women of childbearing age regardless of income level.

  RECENT STATUS

3/27/2021 - Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

3/26/2021 - House Appropriations-Human Services

3/19/2021 - House Medicaid & Managed Care Subcommittee

MEDICAID-END MANAGED CARE
(FLOWERS M)

Amends the Illinois Public Aid Code. Provides that, on and after January 1, 2022, no recipient of medical assistance shall be required to enroll or transition to the State's managed care medical assistance program. Provides that any recipient enrolled in a managed care health plan on January 1, 2022 shall be given the option to disenroll from the State's managed care medical assistance program and receive coverage under the State's fee-for-service program. Provides that on and after January 1, 2022, the Department of Healthcare and Family Services shall not enter into any new contract or agreement with a managed care organization (MCO) to provide services where payment for medical services is made on a capitated basis. Provides that the Department shall not renew, renter, renegotiate, change orders, or amend any contract or agreement it entered into with an MCO that was solicited under a specified request for proposals. Provides that any recipient who is enrolled in a managed care health plan administered by an MCO that entered a contract with the Department under a specified request for proposals shall be transitioned to the State's fee-for-service program upon the expiration of the MCO's contract with the Department. Requires the Department to establish, by rule, an appeals and grievance process that includes: an expedited internal review of an appeal involving an adverse determination; a final adverse determination; and a standard external review. Requires the Department to notify a recipient in writing of the recipient's right to request an external review. Repeals a provision concerning procurement requirements for MCO contracts.

  RECENT STATUS

3/27/2021 - Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

3/26/2021 - House Appropriations-Human Services

3/19/2021 - House Medicaid & Managed Care Subcommittee

MEDICAL DEVICE SAFETY
(FLOWERS M)

Creates the Medical Device Safety Act. Provides that (i) all medical devices to be used by, surgically applied to, or surgically implanted within a patient be under warranty, regardless of the severity of the patient's medical condition necessitating the device, (ii) all persons and entities that produce, sell, offer for sale, or provide medical devices to be used by, surgically applied to, or surgically implanted within a patient are liable for all costs to the patient for the replacement of each medical device if the medical device malfunctions due to no fault of the patient, and (iii) all hospitals and ambulatory surgical treatment centers shall waive the costs charged to patients for follow-up surgeries that result from defective medical devices, regardless of whether or not those defective medical devices are capable of being implanted. Amends the University of Illinois Hospital Act, the Ambulatory Surgical Treatment Center Act, and the Hospital Licensing Act. Requires that the University of Illinois Hospital, all ambulatory surgical treatment centers, and all hospitals licensed under the Hospital Licensing Act waive the costs charged to patients for follow-up surgeries that result from previous surgical errors. Effective immediately.

  RECENT STATUS

4/6/2021 - Added Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. LaToya Greenwood

3/27/2021 - Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

3/23/2021 - To Civil Procedure & Tort Liability Subcommittee

PHARMACY-PRESCRIPTION LIMITS
(FLOWERS M)

Amends the Pharmacy Practice Act. Requires that at least one registered pharmacy technician be on duty whenever the practice of pharmacy is conducted. Requires that pharmacies fill no more than 10 prescriptions per hour. Requires 10 pharmacy technician hours per 100 prescriptions filled. Prohibits pharmacies from requiring pharmacists to participate in advertising or soliciting activities that may jeopardize patient health, safety, or welfare and any activities or external factors that interfere with the pharmacist's ability to provide appropriate professional services. Provides that a pharmacist shall receive specified break periods. Provides that a pharmacy may not require a pharmacist to work during a break period, shall make available a break room meeting specified requirements, shall keep a complete and accurate record of the break periods and may not require a pharmacist to work more than 8 hours a workday. Provides for enforcement and penalties. Provides whistleblower protections for an employee of a pharmacy if the pharmacy retaliates against the employee for certain actions. Requires pharmacies to maintain a record of any errors in the receiving, filling, or dispensing of prescriptions.

  RECENT STATUS

4/20/2021 - Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Dagmara Avelar

4/6/2021 - Added Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. LaToya Greenwood

3/27/2021 - Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

FOSTER CHILD-PSYCH DRUGS
(FLOWERS M)

House Committee Amendment No. 1 - Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Administration of Psychotropic Medications to Children Act. Provides that the Department of Children and Family Services shall maintain a record of the following information for every youth in care prescribed or provided psychotropic medication: (1) a list of the psychotropic medications prescribed; (2) the consent date for each psychotropic medication prescribed; (3) the date the youth assented for each psychotropic medication prescribed; (4) the prescriber's name and contact information; (5) the diagnoses received on each youth; and (6) the youth's weight. Requires the Department to collect all necessary information to complete its annual report to the General Assembly as required under the Act and use the information to analyze prescribing patterns by population for youth for whom the Department is legally responsible. Permits the Department to contract for consulting services from a psychiatrist who has expertise and specializes in pediatric care. Requires the Department to ensure that on an annual basis all persons licensed under the Medical Practice Act of 1987 to practice medicine in all of its branches who prescribe psychotropic medication to youth for whom the Department is legally responsible are provided with comprehensive up-to-date medical guidelines regarding the prescribing of such medications to youth in care. Expands the information the Department must include in its annual report to the General Assembly to include information on the total number of requests the Department received requesting consent to provide psychotropic medication to youth for whom the Department is legally responsible and the total number of these requests that the Department denied; the number of physicians who prescribed psychotropic medication to youth for whom the Department is legally responsible and obtained the consent of the Department as guardian; pharmacy claims data for the youth; and other data. Requires the Department to post the annual report on its website no later than December 31, 2021 and December 31 of each year thereafter. Amends the Medical Practice Act of 1987. Provides that the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation may revoke, suspend, place on probation, reprimand, refuse to issue or renew, or take any other disciplinary or non-disciplinary action as the Department may deem proper with regard to the license or permit of any person issued under the Act upon repeated acts of clearly excessive prescribing, furnishing, or administering psychotropic medications to a minor without a good faith prior examination of the patient and medical reason.

  RECENT STATUS

4/23/2021 - Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

4/23/2021 - House Bills on Second Reading

4/22/2021 - House Bills on Second Reading

HEALTH ED-CANNABIS INSTRUCTION
(FLOWERS M)

Amends the Critical Health Problems and Comprehensive Health Education Act. Provides that a school's comprehensive health education program must include instruction on the medical and legal ramifications of cannabis use. Makes technical corrections. Effective immediately.

  RECENT STATUS

4/23/2021 - Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

4/23/2021 - House Bills on Second Reading

4/22/2021 - House Bills on Second Reading

WAGE INSURANCE ACT
(FLOWERS M)

Creates the Wage Insurance Act. Requires the Department of Employment Security to establish a Wage Insurance Program. Provides that an individual is eligible for wage insurance benefits if the individual is a claimant under the Unemployment Insurance Act at the time the individual obtains reemployment and is not employed by the employer from which the individual was last separated. Provides that benefits shall be paid in an amount sufficient to pay the difference between the wage received by the individual at the time of separation and the wages received by the individual from reemployment. Imposes a 0.4% payroll tax on employees beginning January 1, 2022. Provides that claims for wage insurance benefits may be filed beginning June 1, 2022. Contains provisions concerning the recovery of erroneous payments; hearings; civil penalties; unpaid taxes; rules; and other matters. Creates the Wage Insurance Fund as a special fund in the State treasury. Amends the State Finance Act to include the Wage Insurance Fund. Amends the Freedom of Information Act. Exempts from inspection and copying information that is exempt from disclosure under the Wage Insurance Act.

  RECENT STATUS

3/27/2021 - Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

3/24/2021 - House Labor & Commerce

3/17/2021 - House Wage Policy & Study Subcommittee

TANF-ELIGIBILITY-DRUG OFFENSE
(FLOWERS M)

Amends the Illinois Public Aid Code. Provides that persons shall not be determined ineligible for cash assistance provided under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program based upon a conviction for any drug-related felony under State or federal law.

House Floor Amendment No. 2 - Makes the bill effective 3 months after it becomes law.

  RECENT STATUS

5/18/2021 - Senate Health

Time & Location: 3:00 PM, Virtual Room 2 - ILGA.gov

5/13/2021 - Added as Alternate Co-Sponsor Sen. Laura Fine

5/10/2021 - Assigned to Senate Health

PRESCRIPTION DRUG REPOSITORY
(CARROLL J)

Creates the Prescription Drug Repository Program Act. Requires the Department of Public Health to, by rule, establish a prescription drug repository program, under which a donor may donate a prescription drug or supplies needed to administer a prescription drug for use by an individual who meets eligibility criteria specified by the Department. Sets forth requirements that prescription drugs or supplies must meet in order to be accepted and dispensed under the program. Provides that uninsured and underinsured individuals shall be given priority over other eligible persons for drugs and supplies donated under the Act. Provides that no drugs or supplies donated under the prescription drug repository program may be resold. Provides that nothing in the Act requires that a pharmacy or pharmacist participate in the prescription drug repository program. Provides for civil and criminal immunity for drug and supply manufacturers and individuals in relation to the donation, acceptance, or dispensing of prescription drugs or supplies under the prescription drug repository program. Imposes conditions on any rulemaking authority. Contains other provisions. Amends the Pharmacy Practice Act, the Wholesale Drug Distribution Licensing Act, the Senior Pharmaceutical Assistance Act, the Illinois Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, the Illinois Controlled Substances Act, and the Cannabis and Controlled Substances Tort Claims Act to provide that persons engaged in donating or accepting, or packaging, repackaging, or labeling, prescription drugs to the extent permitted or required under the Prescription Drug Repository Program Act are exempt from provisions of those other Acts that might prohibit or otherwise regulate such activity.

  RECENT STATUS

4/20/2021 - Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Dagmara Avelar

3/27/2021 - Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

3/23/2021 - House Human Services

ANAPHYLACTIC POLICY
(CARROLL J)

House Floor Amendment No. 4 - Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the School Code. Requires the State Board of Education, in consultation with the Department of Public Health, to establish an anaphylactic policy for school districts. Also provides for consultation with the advisory committee established under the Critical Health Problems and Comprehensive Health Education Act. Sets forth what must be included in the policy. Requires school districts to notify parents and guardians about the policy at least once each calendar year. Requires the State Board to forward the policy to each school board within 6 months after the effective date of the amendatory Act. Sets forth other requirements. Makes a related change in provisions concerning the administration and carrying of asthma medication and epinephrine injectors. Repeals provisions relating to food allergy guidelines. Amends the Child Care Act of 1969. Provides that the Department of Children and Family Services shall require each licensed day care center, day care home, and group day care home to have a plan for anaphylactic shock to be followed for the prevention of anaphylaxis and during a medical emergency resulting from anaphylaxis. Requires specified child treatment plans to be kept and followed by the staff of a day care center, day care home, or group day care home. Requires each licensed day care center, day care home, and group day care home to have at least one staff member present at all times who has taken a training course in recognizing and responding to anaphylaxis. Contains other provisions. Effective July 1, 2021.

  RECENT STATUS

5/14/2021 - House Bills on Third Reading

5/13/2021 - Placed on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading May 14, 2021

5/13/2021 - SECOND READING

ST FINANCE-CANNABIS REG FUND
(TARVER, II C)

Amends the State Finance Act. Modifies the allocation of moneys from the Cannabis Regulation Fund. Provides that 4% (currently 8%) of specified moneys shall be transferred to the Local Government Distributive Fund to be used for law enforcement training programs (currently, crime prevention programs, training, and interdiction efforts). Provides that 24% (currently, 20%) of specified moneys shall be transferred to the Department of Human Services Community Services Fund to be used for specified purposes. Makes conforming changes.

House Floor Amendment No. 1 - Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of the introduced bill with changes. Further modifies the allocation of moneys from the Cannabis Regulation Fund. Restores provision specifying that 8% (rather than 4%) of specified moneys shall be transferred to the Local Government Distributive Fund to be used for specified purposes. Reallocates the use of the 8% of moneys for specified purposes. Restores provision specifying that 20% (rather than 24%) of specified moneys shall be transferred to the Department of Human Services Community Services Fund to be used for specified purposes. Makes conforming changes.

  RECENT STATUS

4/23/2021 - Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

4/23/2021 - Placed on Calendar - Consideration Postponed

4/23/2021 - Placed on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading - Short Debate

SAFER CONSUMPTION SERVICES
(FORD L)

House Floor Amendment No. 1 - Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Substance Use Disorder Act. Permits the Department of Human Services to approve an entity to operate a safe consumption and overdose prevention services program (program). Requires the Department to establish standards for program approval and training and to adopt any rules that are necessary to license and monitor the program. Sets forth the minimum requirements that an entity must meet to obtain an approval on it application to operate a program. Requires any entity that operates a program to submit a report to the Department that includes specific information, including, the number of program participants; the number of hypodermic needles, syringes, and harm reduction supplies distributed for use on-site; and the number of ancillary services provided to family members and the public, including, but not limited to, socials service referrals and educational services. Grants immunity from criminal and civil liability to specified persons who participate in or have some involvement with a program approved by the Department. Requires the Department to establish a new intervention license category entitled Harm Reduction Services and to approve or deny an application for a Harm Reduction Services license.

  RECENT STATUS

4/23/2021 - Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

4/23/2021 - Placed on Calendar - Consideration Postponed

4/23/2021 - Placed on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading - Short Debate

PRESCRIPTION DRUG REPOSITORY
(GUZZARDI W)

House Committee Amendment No. 1 - Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Creates the Illinois Drug Reuse Opportunity Program Act. Provides that, notwithstanding any other law or rule, donors may donate drugs to recipients and recipients may receive donated drugs from donors. Provides that recipients shall only dispense or administer drugs to eligible patients, further donate drugs to another recipient, or dispose of drugs in accordance with specified provisions. Provides that drugs donated for use under the Act are considered nonsaleable. Provides that, when dispensing a drugs to an eligible patient, the recipient must do so at no cost to the eligible patient, except that a reasonable handling fee may be charged. Provides that recipients may only dispense or administer a prescription drug or provide an over-the-counter drug if specified requirements are met. Provides that recipients shall, to the greatest extent practicable, dispense drugs received under the Act to priority patients. Provides that drugs may be accepted under the Act only if specified requirements are met. Contains requirements for the further donation of drugs by a recipient. Contains provisions regarding the disposition of specified drugs. Provides that nothing in the Act requires that a pharmacy or pharmacist be a recipient of drugs under the Act. Provides that the Act shall supersede any inconsistent law or rule for activities conducted under the Act. Contains other provisions. Amends the Pharmacy Practice Act, the Wholesale Drug Distribution Licensing Act, the Senior Pharmaceutical Assistance Act, the Illinois Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, the Illinois Controlled Substances Act, and the Cannabis and Controlled Substances Tort Claims Act to provide that persons engaged in donating or accepting, or packaging, repackaging, or labeling, prescription drugs to the extent permitted or required under the Illinois Drug Reuse Opportunity Program Act are exempt from provisions of those other Acts that might prohibit or otherwise regulate such activity.

Senate Committee Amendment No. 1 - Replaces everything after the enacting clause with the provisions of the engrossed bill with the following changes. In provisions creating the Prescription Drug Repository Program Act, provides that "prescription drug" does not include a drug for the treatment of cancer that can only be dispensed to a patient registered with the drug manufacturer in accordance with the federal Food and Drug Administration's requirements. Removes language providing that "recipient" includes a prescriber office. Provides that when dispensing a drug to an eligible patient, the recipient must do so at no cost to the eligible patient, except that a uniform reasonable handling fee (rather than a reasonable handling fee) may be charged. Provides that a drug may be accepted under the Act only if, in addition to other requirements, the donor has removed or redacted any patient name and prescription number and any other patient identifying information (rather than removed or redacted any patient name and prescription number) on the drug or otherwise maintains patient confidentiality by executing a confidentiality agreement with the recipient according to all State and federal medical patient privacy laws, rules, or regulations (rather than or otherwise maintains patient confidentiality by executing a confidentiality agreement with the recipient).

  RECENT STATUS

5/14/2021 - House Bills on Third Reading

5/13/2021 - Placed on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading May 14, 2021

5/13/2021 - Added as Alternate Co-Sponsor Sen. Robert F. Martwick

HUMAN RTS-WORK AUTHORIZATION
(GUZZARDI W)

Amends the Illinois Human Rights Act. Provides that it is the public policy of the State to prevent discrimination based on the specific status or term of status that accompanies a legal work authorization. Defines "work authorization status" as the status of being a person born outside of the United States, and not a U.S. citizen, who is authorized by the federal government to work in the United States. Provides that it is a civil rights violation for: (1) any employer to refuse to hire, to segregate, to engage in harassment, or to act with respect to recruitment, hiring, promotion, renewal of employment, selection for training or apprenticeship, discharge, discipline, tenure or terms, privileges or conditions of employment on the basis of work authorization status; (2) any employment agency to fail or refuse to classify properly, accept applications and register for employment referral or apprenticeship referral, refer for employment, or refer for apprenticeship on the basis of work authorization status; (3) any labor organization to limit, segregate, or classify its membership, or to limit employment opportunities, selection and training for apprenticeship in any trade or craft, or otherwise to take or fail to take, any action which affects adversely any person's status as an employee or as an applicant for employment or as an apprentice, or as an applicant for apprenticeships, or wages, tenure, hours of employment, or apprenticeship conditions on the basis of work authorization status; and (4) any employer to refuse to honor work authorization based upon the specific status or term of status that accompanies the authorization to work. Provides that it is a civil rights violation for a person, or for 2 or more persons, to conspire to retaliate against a person because he or she has opposed that which he or she reasonably and in good faith believes to be discrimination based on work authorization status. Makes conforming changes. Effective immediately.

Senate Committee Amendment No. 1 - Replaces everything after the enacting clause with the provisions of the introduced bill, and makes the following change: Provides that nothing contained in the Act shall require an employer to sponsor any applicant or employee to obtain or modify work authorization status, unless otherwise required by federal law. Effective immediately.

  RECENT STATUS

5/14/2021 - House Bills on Third Reading

5/13/2021 - Placed on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading May 14, 2021

5/13/2021 - SECOND READING

MEDICAL PATIENT RIGHTS-CARE
(FLOWERS M)

Amends the Medical Patient Rights Act. Provides that each patient has the right to receive care from a medical professional who is culturally sensitive to the patient's life experience.

  RECENT STATUS

3/27/2021 - Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

3/24/2021 - House Health Care Licenses

3/24/2021 - House Health Care Licenses

UNEMP INS-WRKR COMP RATES
(HALPIN M)

Amends the Employer's Liability Rates Article of the Illinois Insurance Code. Provides that a premium is excessive if it is likely to produce a profit that is unreasonably high for the insurance provided or if expenses are unreasonably high in relation to the services rendered. Sets forth procedures for the review of premiums by the Director of Insurance at the request of the insured. Amends the Workers' Compensation Act. Provides that accidental injuries sustained while traveling to or from work do not arise out of and in the course of employment. Permits an employer to file with the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission a workers' compensation safety program or a workers' compensation return to work program implemented by the employer. Provides that (i) injuries to the shoulder shall be considered injuries to part of the arm and (ii) injuries to the hip shall be considered injuries to part of the leg. Contains provisions concerning repetitive and cumulative injuries; permanent partial disability determinations; annual reports by the Commission concerning self-insurance for workers' compensation in Illinois; and duties of the Workers' Compensation Premium Rates Task Force. Makes additional changes to the Workers' Compensation Act. Provides for an evidence-based drug formulary. Requires an annual investigation of procedures covered for ambulatory surgical centers and the establishment of a fee schedule. Changes a waiting period for benefits for certain firefighters, emergency medical technicians, and paramedics. Changes compensation computations for subsequent injuries to the same part of the spine. Effective immediately.

  RECENT STATUS

5/14/2021 - Motions in Writing

5/13/2021 - Motions in Writing

5/12/2021 - Motions in Writing

INS CODE-BIRTH CONTROL
(MUSSMAN M)

Amends the Department of Public Health Powers and Duties Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Provides that the Director of Public Health, if a physician licensed to practice medicine in all its branches in Illinois, shall establish a standing order complete with the issuance of a prescription for a hormonal contraceptive in accordance with the requirements of the provisions. Provides that if the Director is not a physician licensed to practice medicine in all its branches in Illinois, the Medical Director of the Department of Public Health shall establish the standing order. Amends the Illinois Insurance Code. Requires a group or individual policy of accident and health insurance or managed care plan to provide coverage for patient care services provided by a pharmacist. Makes conforming changes in the State Employees Group Insurance Act of 1971, the Counties Code, the Illinois Municipal Code, and the School Code. Amends the Pharmacy Practice Act. Provides that the definition of "practice of pharmacy" includes the dispensing of hormonal contraceptives pursuant to the standing order under provisions of the Department of Public Health Powers and Duties Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Amends the Illinois Public Aid Code. Requires the medical assistance program to cover patient care services provided by a pharmacist for hormonal contraceptives assessment and consultation. Effective January 1, 2022.

House Floor Amendment No. 1 - Replaces everything after the enacting clause with the provisions of the introduced bill with the following changes. Further amends the Pharmacy Practice Act. Sets forth provisions concerning dispensation of hormonal contraceptives. Provides that the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation may adopt rules to implement the provisions. In provisions in the Illinois Public Aid Code concerning coverage for patient care services for hormonal contraceptives provided by a pharmacist, provides that the Department of Public Health (rather than the Director of Public Health) shall apply for any necessary federal waivers or approvals to implement the provisions by January 1, 2022. Provides that the Department shall submit to the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules administrative rules (rather than adopt administrative rules) as soon as practicable but no later than 6 months after federal approval is received (rather than no later than May 1, 2022). Removes changes to the Department of Public Health Powers and Duties Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Removes language that provides that the provisions shall not be implemented until the receipt of all necessary federal waivers or approvals or until January 1, 2024, whichever comes first, and if federal approval is not obtained by January 1, 2024, the provisions shall be implemented using State funds.

  RECENT STATUS

5/19/2021 - Senate Insurance

Time & Location: 4:30 PM, Virtual Room 1 - ILGA.gov

5/14/2021 - Senate Committee Amendment No. 1 Referred to Assignments

5/14/2021 - Senate Committee Amendment No. 1 Filed with Secretary by Sen. Melinda Bush

INS CD-CLAIMANT REIMBURSEMENT
(FORD L)

Amends the Illinois Insurance Code to provide that a first-party claimant who has had a property and casualty claim denied in whole or in part and has obtained a payment in excess of the initial offer of the insurer shall be entitled to reimbursement of their reasonable costs incurred to substantiate the claim.

  RECENT STATUS

4/23/2021 - House Floor Amendment No. 1 Rule 19(c) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

4/23/2021 - Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

4/23/2021 - House Bills on Second Reading

LOCAL CANNABIS LICENSING ACT
(HARPER S)

Creates the Local Cannabis Licensing Act. Provides that a county or municipality may issue licenses for temporary events, cannabis clubs, and cannabis tours that will allow for the sale and consumption of cannabis or cannabis-infused products and for the sale of cannabis paraphernalia at such temporary events, clubs, or tours. Allows tours of cannabis craft grower or cultivation center facilities. Requires ordinances with specified regulations of such temporary events, cannabis clubs, and cannabis tours before any licenses are issued. Limits home rule powers. Amends the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act and Smoke Free Illinois Act making conforming changes. Effective immediately.

  RECENT STATUS

3/27/2021 - Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

3/3/2021 - House Executive

2/23/2021 - Assigned to House Executive

CBD SAFETY ACT
(MORGAN B)

House Floor Amendment No. 2 - Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of the introduced bill with the following changes: Replaces references to CBD products with references to cannabinoid products. Defines "cannabinoid product". Removes definitions of "CBD" and "CBD product". Provides that "cannabinoid product" includes foods, and only foods, containing cannabinoids and that are not time/temperature control for safety foods, as defined in specified federal materials. Prohibits the sale or distribution of a CBD product unless the CBD product has labeling and packaging and has undergone lab testing (rather than has labeling and has undergone lab testing) that meet labeling, packaging, and minimum testing requirements pursuant to rules adopted by the Department of Agriculture. Requires the Department to develop rules for labeling, packaging, and minimum testing (rather than labeling and minimum testing) requirements of cannabinoid products. Provides that moneys in the CBD Safety Fund shall be utilized subject to appropriation. Provides that the Department shall make available to the public (rather than the Director or the Director's agent may publish or cause to be published) specified information. Provides that the Department of Public Health, local health departments, the Illinois State Police, local sheriff's departments, municipal police departments, the Department of Revenue, and the Department (rather than only the Department of Public Health, the Illinois State Police, and the Department) may inspect any business that manufactures, processes, transports, or distributes cannabinoid products in the State to ensure compliance with the Act. Removes provisions regarding criminal fines and offenses for violations of the Act. Provides that, notwithstanding any provision of the Act, the State may not regulate the safety of cannabinoid products in a way that is inconsistent with any federal law, rule, or regulation that regulates the safety of cannabinoid products and is in effect after the effective date of the Act. Makes other changes. Effective 180 days after becoming law.

  RECENT STATUS

5/6/2021 - To Executive- Cannabis

5/4/2021 - Senate Committee Amendment No. 1 Assignments Refers to Executive

4/28/2021 - Senate Committee Amendment No. 1 Referred to Assignments

MEDICAL CANNABIS FUND-EXCESS
(MORGAN B)

Amends the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Program Act. Provides that, if there is an amount in excess of $7,500,000 in the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Fund on the effective date of the amendatory Act, the State Treasurer shall so certify to the Department of Public Health and the State Comptroller, and the Department of Public Health shall certify to the State Comptroller the names and addresses, as well as any other necessary information, of all medical cannabis patients who made any medical cannabis product purchase in the 180-day period preceding the effective date of the amendatory Act. Provides that the State Comptroller shall determine a refund amount by dividing the amount in excess of $7,500,000 by the number of medical cannabis patients certified by the Department of Public Health, and the State Comptroller shall disburse the refund amount to each medical cannabis patient certified by the Department of Public Health. Provides for the issuance of refunds if there is an amount in excess of $7,500,000 in the Fund on June 30, 2022 or June 30 of any subsequent year. Effective immediately.

  RECENT STATUS

3/27/2021 - Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

3/25/2021 - House Appropriations-Public Safety

3/18/2021 - House Appropriations-Public Safety

USE/OCC TX-BREAST PUMPS
(HERNANDEZ B)

Amends the Use Tax Act, the Service Use Tax Act, the Service Occupation Tax Act, and the Retailers' Occupation Tax Act. Provides that, beginning on July 1, 2020, breast pumps, breast pump collection and storage supplies, and breast pump kits are exempt from the taxes imposed under those Acts. Effective immediately.

  RECENT STATUS

4/28/2021 - Added Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Dagmara Avelar

4/28/2021 - House Revenue & Finance

4/21/2021 - Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Janet Yang Rohr

HEALTH CARE & HUMAN SERVICES
(LILLY C)

Creates the Community Health Worker Certification and Reimbursement Act. Amends various Acts regarding medical staff credentials; electronic posters and signs; N95 masks; Legionella bacteria testing; continuing education on implicit bias awareness; overdoses; the Prescription Monitoring Program; a dementia training program; taxation of blood sugar testing materials; funding of safety-net hospitals; a Child Care Assistance Program Eligibility Calculator; managed care organizations; Federally Qualified Health Centers; care coordination; billing; the Medicaid Business Opportunity Commission; reimbursement rates; doula services; personal care of family members; the State Health Assessment; the State Health Improvement Plan; child care training; and a Medicaid Managed Care Oversight Commission. Creates the Behavioral Health Workforce Education Center of Illinois Act. Creates the Underlying Causes of Crime and Violence Study Act. Creates the Special Commission on Gynecologic Cancer Act. Creates the Racial Impact Note Act to require the estimate of the impact on racial and ethnic minorities of certain bills. Creates the Health and Human Services Task Force and Study Act to review health and human service departments and programs. Creates the Anti-Racism Commission Act concerning elimination of systemic racism. Creates the Sickle Cell Prevention, Care, and Treatment Program Act regarding programs and other matters. Amends the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Act in relation to the Health Facilities and Services Review Board, facility closure, and other matters. Creates the Medicaid Technical Assistance Act. Repeals, adds, and changes other provisions. Effective immediately.

House Committee Amendment No. 1 - Replaces everything after the enacting clause with the provisions of the introduced bill with the following changes: Removes language requiring the SHA and SHIP Partnership to regularly evaluate and update the State Health Assessment and track implementation of the State Health Improvement Plan with revisions as necessary. In provisions amending the Illinois Controlled Substances Act and regarding the Prescription Monitoring Program: (1) presents the findings of the General Assembly; (2) provides that opioid treatment programs may not transmit information without patient consent, and reports made may not be utilized for law enforcement purposes; and (3) provides that treatment of a patient may not be conditioned upon his or her consent to reporting. Removes provisions amending the Illinois Public Aid Code regarding child care. Removes language requiring the Department of Healthcare and Family Services to issue quarterly reports to the Governor and the General Assembly indicating: (i) the number of determinations of noncompliance since the last quarter; (ii) the number of financial penalties imposed; and (iii) the outcome or status of each determination. Makes other changes.

House Floor Amendment No. 3 - Removes provisions amending the Illinois Controlled Substances Act regarding the Prescription Monitoring Program. Makes changes in provisions amending the Adult Protective Services Act regarding adult protective services dementia training. In provisions regarding increasing access to primary care in hospitals, removes language providing that the program developed by the Department of Healthcare and Family Services shall encourage coordination between FQHCs and hospitals. In the Sickle Cell Prevention, Care, and Treatment Program Act, provides that expenditures from the Sickle Cell Chronic Disease Fund shall be subject to appropriation. Makes the following changes to the Medicaid Technical Assistance Center Act: (1) provides that the Center: (i) shall undertake efforts to identify and engage community-based providers offering behavioral health services or services addressing the social determinants of health, especially those predominantly serving communities of color or those operating within or near service deserts, for the purpose of offering training and technical assistance to them through the Center; and (ii) is committed to the principle that all Medicaid recipients have accessible and equitable physical and mental health care services; (2) requires all providers served through the Center to deliver services notwithstanding the patient's race, color, gender, gender identity, age, ancestry, marital status, military status, religion, national origin, disability status, sexual orientation, order of protection status, or immigration status; and (3) provides that moneys in the Medicaid Technical Assistance Center Fund shall be used for specified purposes, subject to appropriation. Makes other changes.

  RECENT STATUS

4/27/2021 - Public Act . . . . . . . . . 102-0004

4/27/2021 - Effective Date April 27, 2021

4/27/2021 - GOVERNOR APPROVED

HEALTH CARE & HUMAN SERVICES
(LILLY C)

Creates the Community Health Worker Certification and Reimbursement Act. Amends various Acts regarding medical staff credentials; electronic posters and signs; N95 masks; Legionella bacteria testing; continuing education on implicit bias awareness; overdoses; the Prescription Monitoring Program; a dementia training program; taxation of blood sugar testing materials; funding of safety-net hospitals; a Child Care Assistance Program Eligibility Calculator; managed care organizations; Federally Qualified Health Centers; care coordination; billing; the Medicaid Business Opportunity Commission; reimbursement rates; doula services; personal care of family members; the State Health Assessment; the State Health Improvement Plan; child care training; and a Medicaid Managed Care Oversight Commission. Creates the Behavioral Health Workforce Education Center of Illinois Act. Creates the Underlying Causes of Crime and Violence Study Act. Creates the Special Commission on Gynecologic Cancer Act. Creates the Racial Impact Note Act to require the estimate of the impact on racial and ethnic minorities of certain bills. Creates the Health and Human Services Task Force and Study Act to review health and human service departments and programs. Creates the Anti-Racism Commission Act concerning elimination of systemic racism. Creates the Sickle Cell Prevention, Care, and Treatment Program Act regarding programs and other matters. Amends the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Act in relation to the Health Facilities and Services Review Board, facility closure, and other matters. Repeals, adds, and changes other provisions. Effective immediately.

  RECENT STATUS

3/27/2021 - Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

3/26/2021 - House Appropriations-Human Services

3/19/2021 - House Special Issues (AP) Subcommittee

CIRCUIT BREAKER PROGRAM
(FORD L)

Amends the Senior Citizens and Persons with Disabilities Property Tax Relief Act by reinstituting the pharmaceutical assistance program that was eliminated by Public Act 97-689 and changing the short title to the Senior Citizens and Persons with Disabilities Property Tax Relief and Pharmaceutical Assistance Act. Makes conforming changes in various Acts.

  RECENT STATUS

3/27/2021 - Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

3/26/2021 - House Appropriations-Human Services

3/19/2021 - House Special Issues (AP) Subcommittee

CANNABIS REGULATION-DELIVERY
(HARPER S)

Amends the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act. Removes language prohibiting dispensing organizations from transporting cannabis to residences or other locations where purchasers may be for delivery. Provides that dispensing organizations may deliver cannabis or cannabis-infused products to purchasers if specified requirements are met.

  RECENT STATUS

3/27/2021 - Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

3/3/2021 - House Executive

2/23/2021 - Assigned to House Executive

OUTDOOR RX PROGRAM
(HARPER S)

Creates the Outdoor Rx Program Act. Creates the Outside Rx Program to provide funds, through grants, subject to appropriation, established by the Department of Public Health, for outdoor environmental, ecological, agricultural, or other natural resource or outdoor-based therapy programs serving the citizens of the State of Illinois. Requires the Department to establish an advisory committee to assist and advise the Department in the development and administration of the Outdoor Rx Program, including developing the form for an application for receipt of a grant. Provides that the Department shall set priorities and develop criteria for the awarding of grants to natural resource or outdoor-based therapy programs. Provides criteria for grant eligibility and selection. Provides that the Director of Public Health shall make the final decision on funding a program. Amends the State Finance Act. Creates the Outdoor Rx Program Fund as a special fund in the State treasury.

  RECENT STATUS

4/9/2021 - Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Natalie A. Manley

3/27/2021 - Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

3/26/2021 - House Appropriations-Human Services

ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES
(FORD L)

Amends the Smoke Free Illinois Act. Includes the use of electronic cigarettes in the definition of "smoke" or "smoking". Changes the definition of "retail tobacco store" to include references to electronic cigarettes. Defines "electronic cigarette".

  RECENT STATUS

3/27/2021 - Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

3/23/2021 - House Human Services

3/16/2021 - House Human Services

CHILD MENTAL HEALTH LOCAL FUND
(FLOWERS M)

Creates the Children's Mental Health Local Integrated Fund Act. Creates local children's mental health collaboratives. Defines "local children's mental health collaborative" as an entity formed by the agreement of representatives of the local system of care, including mental health services, social services, correctional services, education services, health services, and vocational services for the purpose of developing and governing an integrated service system. Provides that, to qualify as a local children's mental health collaborative and be eligible to receive start-up funds, the representatives of the local system of care and nongovernmental entities such as parents of children in the target population; parent and consumer organizations; community, civic, and religious organizations; private and nonprofit mental and physical health care providers; culturally specific organizations; local foundations; and businesses, or at a minimum one county, one school district or special education cooperative, one mental health entity, and one juvenile justice or corrections entity, must agree to the following: (1) to establish a local children's mental health collaborative and develop an integrated service system; (2) to commit resources to providing services through the local children's mental health collaborative; and (3) to develop a plan to contribute funds to the children's mental health collaborative.

  RECENT STATUS

4/20/2021 - Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Dagmara Avelar

4/6/2021 - Added Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. LaToya Greenwood

3/27/2021 - Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

SCHCD-MENTAL HEALTH TASK FORCE
(CONROY D)

House Committee Amendment No. 1 - Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Children's Mental Health Act of 2003. Provides that the Children's Mental Health Plan shall include recommendations for ensuring all Illinois youth receive mental health education and have access to mental health care in the school setting. Provides that in developing these recommendations, the Children's Mental Health Partnership shall consult with the State Board of Education, education practitioners, health care professionals, disability advocates, and other representatives as necessary to ensure the interests of all students are represented. Effective July 1, 2021.

  RECENT STATUS

5/18/2021 - Senate Behavioral and Mental Health

Time & Location: 5:00 PM, Virtual Room 3 - ILGA.gov

5/12/2021 - Added as Alternate Chief Co-Sponsor Sen. Patricia Van Pelt

5/4/2021 - Assigned to Senate Behavioral and Mental Health

VITAL RECORDS
(BRADY D)

Senate Committee Amendment No. 1 - Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Vital Records Act. Provides that death certificates and medical certifications shall be completed and signed by specified certifying health care professionals (rather than by the physician in charge). Defines "certifying health care professional" as a physician or advanced practice registered nurse. Defines "advanced practice registered nurse" as: (i) an advanced practice registered nurse with full practice authority; or (ii) an advanced practice registered nurse with a collaborative agreement with a physician who has delegated the completion of death certificates. Makes other changes. Effective January 1, 2022.

  RECENT STATUS

5/14/2021 - House Bills on Third Reading

5/13/2021 - Placed on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading May 14, 2021

5/13/2021 - SECOND READING

INS CD-DISCRIMINATION-FELONY
(MAYFIELD R)

Amends the Illinois Insurance Code. Provides that an insurer or producer authorized to issue policies of insurance in the State may not make a distinction or otherwise discriminate between persons, reject an applicant, cancel a policy, or demand or require a higher rate of premium for reasons based solely upon the basis that an applicant or insured has been convicted of a felony.

  RECENT STATUS

4/23/2021 - Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

4/23/2021 - House Bills on Second Reading

4/22/2021 - House Floor Amendment No. 1 Recommends Be Adopted Rules Committee; 005-000-000

PUB AID-TANF-DRUG SCREENING
(BENNETT T)

Amends the Administration Article of the Illinois Public Aid Code. Provides that the Department of Human Services shall require a drug test to screen each individual who applies for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and that subject to federal approval, the Department shall require a drug test to screen each individual who applies for benefits under the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Provides that an individual who tests positive for controlled substances as a result of a drug test is ineligible to receive TANF benefits or SNAP benefits for one year after the date of the positive drug test, with certain exceptions. Contains provisions concerning notice; persons required to comply with the drug testing requirements; persons exempt from the drug testing requirements; reimbursements for the cost of the drug testing; and other matters. Effective July 1, 2021.

  RECENT STATUS

3/27/2021 - Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

3/23/2021 - House Human Services

3/16/2021 - House Human Services

DRUG LABELING-GLUTEN
(CARROLL J)

House Floor Amendment No. 1 - Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Illinois Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. Provides that an oral drug is misbranded if gluten is included as an inactive ingredient and is not so listed on its label. Provides that the provisions do not apply to pharmacies or pharmacists.

  RECENT STATUS

5/14/2021 - House Bills on Third Reading

5/13/2021 - House Bills on Third Reading

5/12/2021 - House Bills on Third Reading

IMPLICIT BIAS TRAINING HEALTH
(GREENWOOD L)

Creates the Implicit Bias Training for Health Care Professionals Act. Provides that in order to renew a license as a health care professional in the State, a licensee shall complete an evidence-based implicit bias training, which shall include the promotion of bias-reducing strategies to address how unintended biases regarding race, ethnicity, gender, identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, or other characteristics. Specifies information that shall be included in the implicit bias training. Provides that the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation shall adopt rules to implement the Act.

  RECENT STATUS

3/27/2021 - House Committee Amendment No. 1 Rule 19(c) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

3/27/2021 - Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

3/24/2021 - House Health Care Licenses

CANNABIS-DELIVERY LICENSES
(HARPER S)