Child-safe e-cigarettesDecember 2014Illinois Law Update, Page 572Under the Illinois Poison Prevention Packaging Act, "electronic cigarette" or "e-cigarette" refers to battery-operated devices that contain nicotine, flavor, or chemicals, or a combination thereof, which are transformed into vapor for the purpose of inhalation.
Increased fees for plumber licensureDecember 2014Illinois Law Update, Page 572The Department of Public Health has adopted amendments to the Plumbers Licensing Code in accordance with recommended changes from the Plumbing Code Advisory Council. 68 Ill. Adm. Code 750 (eff. Sept. 23, 2014).
New guidelines for group psychotherapy servicesJune 2014Illinois Law Update, Page 272Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) in Illinois may bill for group psychotherapy sessions so long as specific timing, size, scope, and documentation requirements are met. 89 Ill. Adm. Code 140 (eff. Mar. 13, 2014).
Changes to the Communicable Disease CodeMay 2014Illinois Law Update, Page 220The Illinois Department of Public Health updated the Communicable Diseases Code to provide a list of reportable diseases and conditions, timeframes to report those diseases and conditions, and the reporting entities and procedures. 77 Ill. Adm. Code 690 (eff. Feb. 11, 2014).
License required for distribution of medications in shortageJanuary 2014Illinois Law Update, Page 16The Wholesale Drug Distribution Licensing Act has been amended to require wholesale distributors of drugs in shortage to be specially licensed by the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.
New act allows for interstate cooperation between emergency aid providersJanuary 2014Illinois Law Update, Page 16The recently enacted Interstate Mutual Emergency Aid Act allows local municipalities to establish mutual aid agreements with government units from other states for the purpose of addressing "emergencies that extend or exceed a jurisdiction's emergency response capabilities."
New underage tanning banJanuary 2014Illinois Law Update, Page 16After January 1, 2014, tanning facilities may no longer permit individuals less than 18 years of age to use tanning equipment that emits ultraviolet radiation or electromagnetic radiation (with wavelengths between 200-400 nanometers).
Changes to the Child Health Examination CodeNovember 2013Illinois Law Update, Page 560The Illinois Department of Public Health (the "Department") recently adopted amendments to rules that specify required immunizations for students entering kindergarten through twelfth grade. 77 Ill. Adm. Code 665.
Required disclosure under the Pertussis Vaccine ActOctober 2013Illinois Law Update, Page 504In addition to providing the parents or guardians of newborn children receiving treatment in a neonatal intensive care unit with an informational pamphlet, hospitals must also now inform the parents or guardians about the importance of parents, guardians, and immediate family members being immunized against pertussis and where they can obtain the appropriate vaccine. 410 ILCS 235/4.
Parental Notice of Abortion Act withstands challenge under Illinois ConstitutionSeptember 2013Illinois Law Update, Page 452On July 11, 2013, the Illinois Supreme Court held (1) the privacy clause is not the basis for the right to abortion under the Illinois Constitution; (2) the due process clause in the Illinois Constitution guarantees protections equal to those guaranteed by the due process clause in the United States Constitution; and (3) the statutory requirement that minors must give notice to an adult family member or obtain a judicial waiver to receive an abortion is not unduly burdensome on that minor's right to have confidential medical information.
Amendments to pregnancy termination reportingMay 2013Illinois Law Update, Page 228The Illinois Department of Public Health (the "Department") recently adopted amendments to regulations governing reporting requirements for pregnancy terminations. 77 Ill. Adm. Code 505.
Shark fins banned in Illinois. PA 097-0733May 2013Illinois Law Update, Page 228As of January 1, 2013, the possession, sale, offer for sale, trade, or distribution of shark fin is prohibited in Illinois. 515 ILCS 5/5-30 new.
Amendments to sewer discharge criteriaApril 2013Illinois Law Update, Page 176The Illinois Pollution Control Board (the "Board") recently adopted amendments to regulations governing wastewater pretreatment regulations. 35 Ill. Adm. Code 307.
Changes to the Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Center CodeApril 2012Illinois Law Update, Page 184The Illinois Department of Public Health ("Department") recently amended the provisions of the Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Center Code by adding a new section concerning critical care transport services. 77 Ill Adm Code 515.
New regulations for grant program to aid community health centersOctober 2010Illinois Law Update, Page 508The Illinois Capital Development Board recently set forth guidelines detailing requirements for community health centers to meet when requesting grant funding allocated under the Community Health Center Construction Act (30 ILCS 766/10.1 et seq).
The POA Act amendment that wasn’tBy Helen W. GunnarssonMay 2010Lawpulse, Page 230Have you gotten that press release saying the Illinois Department of Public Health has "mandated new language" for healthcare POAs? Well, it hasn't.
Public smoking restrictions amended. PA 095-1029May 2009Illinois Law Update, Page 226The Illinois general Assembly amended several sections of the Smoke Free Illinois Act. 410 ILCS 82/10 et seq. Section 15 of the Act was amended to provide that an owner of a place of employment, public place, or government vehicle, as those terms are defined by the Act, "shall reasonably assure that smoking" is prohibited unless specifically allowed under section 35 of the Act.