Order-of-protection laws amended to prohibit access to health records. PA 095-0912November 2008Illinois Law Update, Page 554The Illinois General Assembly amended Section 602.1 of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act and Section 222 of the Illinois Domestic Violence Act to prohibit health care providers from releasing a child's health care records to any respondent listed in an order of protection. 750 ILCS 5/602.1, 750 ILCS 60/222.
General Assembly enacts the Diabetes Initiative Act. PA 095-0419June 2008Illinois Law Update, Page 284The General Assembly has enacted the Diabetes Initiative Act, Section 5 of which states that the Department of Human Services "shall develop a strategic plan to slow the rate of diabetes as a result of obesity and other environmental factors by the year 2010."
The Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Administrative Act is amended. PA 095-0427June 2008Illinois Law Update, Page 284Sections 4.3 and 70 of the Mental Heath and Developmental Disabilities Administrative Act have been amended by the General Assembly. 20 ILCS 1705/4.3 and 70. Subsection (b) of Section 4.3, concerning "Site visits and inspections," has been changed by adding language providing that the Department of Human Services will establish a system of "regular and ongoing" on-site inspections "that shall occur at least annually."
Sexual Assault Survivors Emergency Treatment Act amended. PA 095-0432June 2008Illinois Law Update, Page 284The Sexual Assault Survivors Emergency Treatment Act, 410 ILCS 70/1a, has been amended. The Act regulates healthcare delivery for sexual assault survivors, and the collection of evidence pursuant to the statewide sexual assault evidence collection program.
Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code amended. 095-0602April 2008Illinois Law Update, Page 180The Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code, 405 ILCS 5/1-100 et seq, has been amended to add a new section defining "Dangerous conduct," and by changing other existing definitions concerning a person's awareness of the need for treatment.
Nursing Home Care Act amended. PA 095-0031January 2008Illinois Law Update, Page 16The Nursing Home Care Act has been amended to include minimum standards adopted by the Department of Public Health for the operation of nursing homes. 210 ILCS 45/3-202.
Licensing of physicians tied to maintenance of profilesDecember 2007Illinois Law Update, Page 632The Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, which regulates the licensing of physicians, has created rules to implement the Medical Practice Act of 1987, 225 ILCS 60 et seq, which required that the department make publicly available profiles of all physicians licensed in Illinois. 68 Ill Adm Code 1285.
AIDS Confidentiality Act amended. PA 095-0007November 2007Illinois Law Update, Page 576The Illinois General Assembly has changed the AIDS Confidentiality Act concerning informed consent for HIV testing and anonymous access to test results.
State-wide smoking ban passed. PA 095-0017September 2007Illinois Law Update, Page 460The Illinois General Assembly has passed the Smoke Free Illinois Act (Act), in order to protect Illinois citizens from the secondhand effects of tobacco smoke, "a harmful and dangerous carcinogen to human beings and a hazard to public health."
Bill would make involuntary commitment easierBy Helen W. GunnarssonAugust 2007LawPulse, Page 398But critics of the legislation say lack of resources, not a too-high commitment standard, is the problem with Illinois' mental health system.
Task force on health planning reform created. PA 095-0005August 2007Illinois Law Update, Page 404In order to protect essential healthcare facilities and to improve the thoroughness of Illinois health facility planning, the Illinois General Assembly amended the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Act to create the Task Force on Health Planning Reform.
Ambulance rules passed to avoid fraudulent use - PA 094-1063February 2007Illinois Law Update, Page 72In order to prevent the fraudulent ordering of ambulances for non-emergency purposes and to greater explain the effects to those who ordered the ambulances, the Illinois General Assembly has added a new section both to the Nursing Home Care Act, at 210 ILCS 45/2-217, and to the Hospital Licensing Act, at 210 ILCS 85/6.22.
African-American HIV/AIDS Response Fund created PA 094-0797August 2006Illinois Law Update, Page 404The Illinois General Assembly amended the African-American HIV/AIDS Response Act (Act) to create a special fund that shall provide grants for "programs to prevent the transmission of HIV and other programs and activities consistent with the purposes of this Act, including, but not limited to, preventing and treating HIV/AIDS, the creation of an HIV/AIDS service delivery system, and the administration of the Act."
Public Employee Disability Act calls for disbursement of benefits beyond one calendar yearAugust 2006Illinois Law Update, Page 404On June 2, 2006, the Illinois Appellate Court, Fourth District, affirmed the decision of the Circuit Court of McLean County, construing the time limitation under the Public Employee Disability Act (Act), 5 ILCS 345/1 et seq, to apply to the time the employee is unable to perform, notwithstanding the calendar period of time that has passed since a duty-related injury.
Rate increases provided for developmental care facilities and agenciesAugust 2006Illinois Law Update, Page 404The Illinois Department of Health and Family Services has amended 89 Ill Adm Code 153. The amendment grants rate increases of three percent to "intermediate care facilities for persons with developmental disabilities" (ICF/MRs) and to agencies for developmental training.