Changes to licensing requirements for radioactive materialsNovember 2015Illinois Law Update, Page 20Reflecting updates to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's requirements, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency ("IEMA") adopted amendments to Licensing of Radioactive Material. 32 Ill. Adm. Code 330 (eff. August 17, 2015).
Statewide immunization record database implementedSeptember 2015Illinois Law Update, Page 18The department recently established the "Immunization Registry Code" under the authority of the Immunization Data Registry Act. 77 Ill. Adm. Code 689 (eff. May 22, 2015).
Expansion of expedited SNAP eligibilityJuly 2015Illinois Law Update, Page 18Whereas before expedited Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program ("SNAP") eligibility was granted to applicants after an in-person interview, the Department of Human Services has adopted a new rulemaking...
Emergency rulemaking power conferred to HFSJune 2015Illinois Law Update, Page 16The Department of Healthcare and Family Services may adopt emergency rules to ensure that sections 5-5b.1 and 5A-2 of the Illinois Public Aid Code are implemented timely and expeditiously.
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.