Other House Bills of Interest That Have Passed Both Chambers

Thursday, June 17, 2021 11:16 AM | Nina Vidmer (Administrator)

IL - HB32 MEALS ON WHEELS-INFO PACKS- SUPPORT

Effective immediately.

Primary Sponsor: Representative Debbie Meyers-Martin (D)

Legislative Summary:  Amends provisions of the Illinois Act on the Aging concerning home-delivered meal services to Illinois residents who qualify under the federal Older Americans Act.

IL - HB41 SCH CD-RESIDENTIAL PLACEMENT- MONITOR

Effective immediately.

Primary Sponsor: Representative Katie Stuart (D)

Legislative Summary: Amends the Children with Disabilities Article of the School Code. Provides that prior to the placement of a child in an out-of-state special education residential facility, the school district, Illinois placing agency, or court must offer to the child or the child's parent or guardian the option to place the child in a special education residential facility located within this State, if any, (instead of within this State) that provides treatment and services comparable to those provided by the out-of-state facility. Requires the school district, Illinois placing agency, or court to review annually the placement of a child in an out-of-state special education residential facility and to offer placement in a comparable facility located within this State, if any (instead of within this State).

IL - HB55 PROBATE-REPORT- MONITOR

Effective January 1 of 2022, or upon its becoming a law, whichever is later

Primary Sponsor: Representative Daniel Didech (D)

Legislative Summary: Amends the Guardians For Adults With Disabilities Article of the Probate Act of 1975. Changes the definition of "developmental disability" to mean a disability that is attributable to an intellectual disability or a related condition. Defines "intellectual disability".

IL - HB122 EARLY CANCELLATION FEES-DEATH- MONITOR

Effective January 1 of 2022, or upon its becoming a law, whichever is later

Primary Sponsor: Representative Daniel Didech (D)

Legislative Summary: Amends the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act. Provides that, subject to federal law and regulation, no provider of telephone, cellular telephone, television, Internet, energy, medical alert system, or water services shall impose a fee for termination or early cancellation of a service contract if the customer dies before the end of the contract. Provides that every violation is an unlawful practice within the meaning of the Act.

IL - HB158 HEALTH CARE & HUMAN SERVICES- MONITOR –

 Effective immediately.

Last Action: Public Act . . . . . . . . . 102-0004 (April 27, 2021)

Primary Sponsor: Representative Camille Y. Lilly (D)

Legislative Summary: 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

IL - HB263 PROBATE-TEMPORARY GUARDIAN – MONITOR

- Effective immediately.

Primary Sponsor: Representative Thomas M. Bennett (R)

Legislative Summary: Amends the Guardians For Adults with Disabilities Article of the Probate Act of 1975. Provides that a petition for the appointment of a temporary guardian for an alleged person with a disability shall be filed at the time of or subsequent to the filing of a petition for adjudication of disability and appointment of a guardian. Provides that the petition for the appointment of a temporary guardian shall state specified facts. Provides that notice of the time and place of the hearing on a petition for the appointment of a temporary guardian or petition to revoke the appointment of a temporary guardian shall be given not less than 3 days before the hearing. Effective immediately.

IL - HB266 PROBATE-GUARDIAN-DECISIONS- MONITOR

Effective immediately.

Primary Sponsor: Representative Thomas M. Bennett (R)

Legislative Summary: Amends the Guardians For Adults With Disabilities Article of the Probate Act of 1975. Provides that a guardian shall consider the ward's current preferences to the extent the ward has the ability to participate in decision making when those preferences are known or reasonably ascertainable by the guardian. Provides that decisions by the guardian shall conform to the ward's current preferences unless the guardian reasonably believes that doing so would result in substantial harm to the ward's welfare or personal or financial interests. Provides that if the guardian is unable to ascertain the ward's preferences, then the decisions may be made by conforming as closely as possible to what the ward would have done or intended under the circumstances. 

IL - HB282 STATE'S ATTORNEY-LEGAL OPINION- MONITOR

Effective immediately.

Primary Sponsor: Representative Natalie A. Manley (D)

Legislative Summary: Amends the State's Attorney Division of the Counties Code. Provides that, in a county with less than 2,000,000 inhabitants, the State's Attorney may give an opinion, without fee or reward, upon any question of law relating to a County Veterans Assistance Commission. Provides that a County Veterans Assistance Commission may make such a request of the State's Attorney, and the State's Attorney, in the State's Attorney's sole discretion, may grant or decline such a request by a County Veterans Assistance Commission. Makes all provisions of the Division gender neutral.

IL - HB357 MEDICAID-LONG-TERM CARE- MONITOR

Effective January 1 of 2022, or upon its becoming a law, whichever is later

Primary Sponsor: Representative Norine K. Hammond (R)

Legislative Summary: Amends the Medical Assistance Article of the Illinois Public Aid Code. Provides that within 120 calendar days (rather than 45 calendar days) of receipt by a long-term care facility of required prescreening information, new admissions with associated admission documents shall be submitted through the Medical Electronic Data Interchange or the Recipient Eligibility Verification System or shall be submitted directly to the Department of Human Services using required admission forms.

IL - HB452 DHS-DISABILITY SERVICES- MONITOR-

Effective Immediately, Makes some provisions effective January 1, 2022.

Primary Sponsor: Representative Michelle Mussman (D)

Legislative Summary: Further amends the Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities Act by removing a requirement that the Department of Human Services submit an annual report on vocational training programs and services to be filed with the Governor and the General Assembly on or before March 30 each year. Further amends the School Code. Provides that if a child is deaf, hard of hearing, blind, or visually impaired or has an orthopedic impairment or physical disability (rather than is diagnosed with an orthopedic impairment or physical disability) and the child might be eligible to receive services from the Illinois School for the Deaf, the Illinois School for the Visually Impaired, or the Illinois Center for Rehabilitation and Education-Roosevelt, the school district shall notify the parents, in writing, of the existence of these schools and the services they provide.

IL - HB679 POWER OF ATTORNEY-REVOCATION – MONITOR

Effective immediately.

Primary Sponsor: Representative William Davis (D)

Legislative Summary: Amends the Illinois Power of Attorney Act. Provides that a principal may elect a 30-day delayed revocation of the principal's health care agency. Makes corresponding changes. Effective immediately.

IL - HB842 PROBATE-GUARDIAN AD LITEM FEES- MONITOR

Effective January 1 of 2022, or upon its becoming a law, whichever is later

Primary Sponsor: Representative Terra Costa Howard (D)

Legislative Summary: Amends the Adult Guardianship Article of the Probate Act of 1975. Deletes language providing that if the respondent is unable to pay the fee of the guardian ad litem or appointed counsel, or both, the court may enter an order for the petitioner to pay all such fees or such amounts as the respondent or the respondent's estate may be unable to pay. Provides instead that the allocation of guardian ad litem fees and costs is within the discretion of the court. Provides that no legal fees, appointed counsel fees, guardian ad litem fees, or costs shall be assessed against the Office of the State Guardian, the public guardian, an adult protective services agency, the Department of Children and Family Services, or the agency designated by the Governor under the Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Developmental Disabilities Act.

IL - HB1836 ST TREASURER-ABLE ACCOUNT PROG - SUPPORT

Effective immediately.

Primary Sponsor: Representative Bob Morgan (D)

Legislative Summary: Leonard Berg and Lobbyist worked extensively with the State Treasurer’ Office on the latest revisions to the ABLE Act.  Amends the State Treasurer Act. Provides that for purposes of the ABLE account program, a designated beneficiary means the ABLE account owner. Provides that upon the death of a designated beneficiary, proceeds from an account may be transferred pursuant to a payable on death account agreement. Provides that upon the death of a designated beneficiary, the State Treasurer may require verification that the funeral and burial expenses of the designated beneficiary have been paid. Makes conforming changes. Effective immediately.

IL - HB1838 HUMAN RIGHTS-DISABILITY DEF- SUPPORT

Effective January 1 of 2022, or upon its becoming a law, whichever is later

Primary Sponsor: Representative Theresa Mah (D)

Legislative Summary: Amends the Illinois Human Rights Act. Provides that discrimination based on disability includes unlawful discrimination against an individual because of the individual's association with a person with a disability.

IL - HB2426 MHDD CD-TRANSFER- MONITOR

Effective immediately.

Primary Sponsor: Representative Debbie Meyers-Martin (D)

Legislative Summary: Amends the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code. Provides that the notice of a recipient's rights includes, if applicable, the recipient's right to request a transfer to a different Department of Human Services facility. Provides that a recipient, his or her attorney, guardian, if any, and responsible relative, in any Department facility may make a written application to the facility director of the recipient's current facility to transfer to another Department facility. Provides that the Department shall provide the form to make such an application to a recipient, his or her attorney, guardian, if any, and responsible relative upon request. Provides that a recipient of services shall not include a person with the primary diagnosis of a developmental disability. Provides that upon receipt of the recipient's application, the facility director shall promptly schedule a hearing to be held within 7 days. Provides that the hearing shall be held at the recipient's current facility. Establishes the recipient's burden of proof at the transfer hearing. Provides that if a recipient's application for transfer is denied, no application may be filed for 180 days. Provides that the recipient does, however, have the right to administratively appeal any decision of the utilization review committee. Effective immediately.

IL - HB2433 NURSING HOMES-COMPLAINTS- SUPPORT

 Effective immediately.

Primary Sponsor: Representative Suzanne Ness (D)

Legislative Summary: Amends the Nursing Home Care Act. In provisions concerning the Long-Term Care Facility Advisory Board, adds one member representing local health departments who is a nonvoting member. In provisions concerning complaints for violations of the Act or a rule, provides that the Department of Public Health's annual review and report concerning the complaint process must include substantiated complaints that were completed in a specified time frame. Requires the report to be provided to the General Assembly (in addition to the Long-Term Care Facility Advisory Board and the Illinois Long-Term Care Council). Effective immediately.

IL - HB3147 RESIDENT/PATIENT PHONE CALL- MONITOR

Effective immediately.

Primary Sponsor: Representative Natalie A. Manley (D)

Legislative Summary: Amends the Nursing Home Care Act. Provides that, upon request, a facility shall make every reasonable effort to facilitate at least one phone call or video call between a resident and a single family member of the resident each day during a disaster declared by the Governor under the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act, unless doing so could pose a danger to residents or staff or redirect resources away from direct resident care and protection. Amends the Hospital Licensing Act. Provides that during a pandemic or other public health emergency, a hospital licensed under the Act shall develop and implement a contact policy to encourage patients' ability to engage with family members throughout the duration of the pandemic or other public health emergency, including through the use of phone calls, videos calls, or other electronic mechanism. Effective immediately.

IL - HB3786 MHDD CD-RECIPIENT ABUSE- SUPPORT

Effective January 1 of 2022, or upon its becoming a law, whichever is later

Primary Sponsor: Representative Robyn Gabel (D)

Legislative Summary: Amends the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code. Provides that when an initial investigation of a reported allegation of abuse, neglect or financial exploitation of a recipient of services indicates, based upon credible evidence, that an employee of a mental health or developmental disability facility is the perpetrator of the abuse, that employee shall immediately be barred from any further contact with recipients of services of the facility. Provides that an employee barred from contact with recipients of services shall remain barred: (1) pending the outcome of any further investigation, prosecution or disciplinary action against the employee; or (2) until the Department of Human Services Office of Inspector General independently determines that the allegation or allegations against the employee will be unsubstantiated or unfounded in the Office of Inspector General's final investigative report. Defines "credible evidence".


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