Subject Index Public Health

Restaurant or retailer may fill or refill clean consumer-owned containers with dry or ready-to-eat foods

January
2024
Illinois Law Update
, Page 16
The Illinois General Assembly amended the Illinois Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. The Act now allows restaurants and consumers to fill or refill consumer-owned containers with bulk food.

Penalties for human exposure to pesticides

October
2023
Illinois Law Update
, Page 14
The Illinois General Assembly amended the Illinois Pesticide Act. The Act provides an additional calculation for penalties for any person applying or using a pesticide in a manner inconsistent with the label that results in human exposure to a pesticide.

Practice of pharmacy includes vaccination, screening, and testing of patients for COVID-19 or influenza

August
2023
Illinois Law Update
, Page 14
The Illinois General Assembly amended the Pharmacy Practice Act. The amendment expands the “practice of pharmacy” definition.

New regulations for third-party food delivery services

January
2023
Illinois Law Update
, Page 14
The Illinois General Assembly enacted the Fair Food and Retail Delivery Act. It places limits on third-party delivery services’ interactions with merchants. Third-party delivery services may no longer utilize a merchant’s name, likeness, registered trademark, or intellectual property, or process orders without the merchant’s permission in writing.

Illinois Community Health Worker Certification Program implements a certification process for community health workers

February
2022
Illinois Law Update
, Page 14
The Community Health Worker Certification and Reimbursement Act is amended to create the Community Health Workers Review Board.

Temporary restraining order requiring disclosure of positive COVID-19 results is dissolved

November
2020
Illinois Law Update
, Page 18
On July 22, 2020, the Second District of the Illinois Appellate Court dissolved a temporary restraining order (TRO) requiring the disclosure of information about persons who have tested positive for COVID-19, since the parties requesting the information had no right to it.

Legislation addresses concerns of excessive UV exposure in children

April
2019
Illinois Law Update
, Page 14
Citing concerns about children not having access to sunscreen at schools due to medication bans, the General Assembly passed a law requiring schools to allow students to possess sunscreen at school or at youth camps.

Office of Inspector General required to forward investigative reports to facility or agency where abuse or neglect occurred

October
2018
Illinois Law Update
, Page 18
In July, the Department of Human Services (DHS) adopted amendments to the procedures the Office of Inspector General must follow when investigating alleged abuse or neglect occurring in state-operated facilities and community agencies

Payment rates for licensed substance abuse treatment providers increased

October
2018
Illinois Law Update
, Page 18
The Department of Human Services (DHS) has adopted an amendment to Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Treatment and Intervention Licenses

Illinois’ ambient air quality standards aligned with new federal standards

August
2018
Illinois Law Update
, Page 16
The Pollution Control Board (PCB) adopted amendments to the Air Quality Standards (35 Ill. Adm. Code 243 (effective May 29, 2018)) updating the Illinois ambient air quality requirements to correspond with those in the federal National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) adopted by the United States EPA from July 1, 2017, through Dec. 31, 2017.

Amendments to the licensure criteria of the freestanding emergency center code

July
2018
Illinois Law Update
, Page 16
Licensure criteria for freestanding emergency centers have been loosened by recent amendments from the Department of Public Health (77 Ill. Adm. Code 518) (eff. April 10, 2018)

Individual providers working for the Home Services Program cannot work more than 45 total hours per workweek

October
2017
Illinois Law Update
, Page 18
The Department of Human Services adopted four amendments that implement changes to the Home Services Program (HSP) for persons with disabilities.

Amendments enable pyschologists and social workers to participate in the Medical Assistance Program

September
2017
Illinois Law Update
, Page 18
New amendments adopted by the Department of Healthcare and Family Services ("HFS") allow licensed clinical psychologists ("LCPs") and licensed clinical social workers ("LCSWs") to enroll as providers in the Medical Assistance Program.

Procedural changes made to appeals process for ambulance service providers

August
2017
Illinois Law Update
, Page 18
The Department of Healthcare and Family Services ("HFS") has adopted new amendments covering the appeals process for ambulance providers regarding nonpayment and enrollment as medical assistance providers.

Appeals of denied payments for ambulance services to be reviewed de novo and allow any documentation supporting medical necessity

July
2017
Illinois Law Update
, Page 18
Amendments to Practice in Administrative Hearings revises the appeal process for ambulance providers whose payments have been denied or reduced, or who have been prohibited from enrollment as medical assistance providers.

Changes to eligibility requirements could allow more intermediate care facilities to qualify for enhanced per diem rate

June
2017
Illinois Law Update
, Page 18
This amendment makes several changes to criteria required for an intermediate care facility for the developmentally disabled to qualify for enhanced per diem payments for services provided for individuals with developmental disabilities with high medical and high personal care needs.

Department of Human Services to establish a Healthy Local Food Incentives Program

June
2017
Illinois Law Update
, Page 18
This Act, which amends the State Finance Act and the Illinois Public Aid Code, requires the Department of Human Services (DHS) to establish a Healthy Local Food Incentives Program to double the purchasing power of Illinois residents with limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables.

St. Clair County State’s Attorney brings opioid suit against drug companies

By Matthew Hector
June
2017
LawPulse
, Page 12
St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly is the latest public official to sue drug companies alleging that they misrepresented the risk posed by prescription opioids.

Updates to students’ immunization requirements

June
2017
Illinois Law Update
, Page 18
The Department of Public Health adopted amendments to the Child and Student Health Examination and Immunization Code.

The Department of Public Health expands definitions of health care professional and partner services

May
2017
Illinois Law Update
, Page 16
Amendments to the Control of Sexually Transmissible Infections Code add those certified to provide HIV testing and counseling to the definition of health care professional.

Department updates Medical Payment qualifiers and procedures

April
2017
Illinois Law Update
, Page 22
The Department of Healthcare and Family Services adopted several amendments under Part 140: "Medical Payment," for the Department's medical programs.

New measures aimed at keeping lead out of drinking water

April
2017
Illinois Law Update
, Page 22
Public Act 99-0922 creates several measures directed at lead hazards in drinking water. The measures create a lead hazard cost recovery fee.

New conditions and fee structure added to Medical Cannabis Patient Registry

March
2017
Illinois Law Update
, Page 28
The Department of Public Health added more conditions for which patients may use medical cannabis under the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Patient Registry.

State transfers maternal and child health programs from the Department of Human Services to the Department of Public Health

March
2017
Illinois Law Update
, Page 28
Public Act 99-0901 created a new section in the Department of Public Health Powers and Duties Laws, 20 ILCS 2310/2310-450.

New continuum of care license for organizations providing service to individuals with developmental disabilities

December
2016
Illinois Law Update
, Page 16
The Department of Healthcare and Family Services Law of the Civil and Administrative Code of Illinois was amended to create licenses for continuum of care facilities that serve individuals with developmental disabilities.

Dually licensed facilities will continue to qualify for enhanced rates

November
2016
Illinois Law Update
, Page 18
Amendments to the Department of Human Services regulations replaced the prior existing emergency-measure that allowed for dually licensed facilities to qualify for an enhanced rate in certain circumstances.

Emergency medical service personnel required to carry opioid antagonists

October
2016
Illinois Law Update
, Page 18
The Department of Public Health adopted amendments requiring all emergency service personnel to be trained in the administration and use of opioid antagonists.

Required vaccinations for incoming students at Illinois higher education institutions

October
2016
Illinois Law Update
, Page 18
The Department of Public Health adopted amendments to require additional vaccinations for all incoming students at Illinois higher education institutions.

From the Newsletters - Police, firefighters now carry anti-overdose drugs

June
2016
Article
, Page 46
A recent Illinois law addresses Illinois' opioid problem.

Low risk retail food establishments to either be inspected or submit self-inspection every two years

March
2016
Illinois Law Update
, Page 26
The Illinois Municipal Code has been amended to allow for alternative inspection options for low risk retail food establishments.

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