End of Session Report

Friday, April 22, 2022 1:16 PM | Hannah Pfeiffer (Administrator)

Due to the lasting effects of the pandemic and this year being an election year, the session was shortened, beginning on January 4, 2022, and ending on the morning of April 9, 2022. In this short session, the legislature passed a balanced budget which was signed by the governor on April, 19,2020, increased the state’s fiscal stability, expanded healthcare access and affordability, invested in significant increases in equity, violence prevention, education, and public safety.

NAELA and the Lobbyist team followed over 70 bills which had the potential of affecting elder law practice, helping seniors, or affecting them. Of those 70 bills, NAELA board members and lobbyists helped draft, offered elder attorney expert analysis, expressed support, and monitored the following 14 pieces of legislation. These 14 bills have passed both the house and the senate and are pending to be signed by the governor.

LEGISLATION

HB 4343 -DHFS-ESTATE RECOVERY WAIVERS – NAELA SUPPORTED

Legislative Champion: Rep. Greg Harris (D) / Sen. Ann Gillespie (D)

Status: Passed Both Houses, pending governor’s signature

This bill was amended during session to be the Medicaid Omnibus bill which the Medicaid working group puts together every year. This bill included the Community Spouse language that NAELA board members and the lobbying team helped draft and introduce.

Community Spouse Legislation Synopsis: Subject to federal approval, beginning January 1, 2023, the community spouse resource allowance shall be established and maintained as follows: a base amount of $109,560 plus an additional amount of $2,784 added to the base amount each year for a period of 10 years commencing with calendar year 2024 through calendar year 2034. In addition to the base amount and the additional amount shall be any increase each year from the prior year to the maximum resource allowance permitted under Section 1924(f)(2)(A)(ii)(II) of the Social Security Act. Subject to federal approval, beginning January 1, 2023 the community spouse resource allowance shall be established and maintained at the maximum amount permitted under Section 1924(f)(2)(A)(ii)(II) of the Social Security Act, as now or hereafter amended, or an amount set after a fair hearing. Subject to federal approval, beginning January 1, 2023 the community spouse resource allowance shall be established and maintained at the higher of $109,560 or the minimum level permitted pursuant to Section 1924(f)(2) of the Social Security Act, as now or hereafter amended, or an amount set after a fair hearing, whichever is greater The monthly maintenance allowance for the community spouse shall be established and maintained at the maximum amount higher of 2,739 per month or the minimum level permitted pursuant to Section 1924(d)(3)(C) of the Social Security Act, as now or hereafter amended, or an amount set after a fair hearing, whichever is greater. Subject to the approval of the Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, the provisions of this Section shall be extended to persons who but for the provision of home or community-based services under Section 4.02 of the Illinois Act on the Aging, would require the level of care provided in an institution, as is provided for in federal law. 

Effective Date: January 1, 2023

HB 4979 - PREPAID FUNERAL/BURIAL – NAELA SUPPORTED

Legislative Champion: Rep. Natalie Manley (D) / Sen. John Connor (D)

Status: Passed Both Houses, pending Governor’s Signature

NAELA members and lobbyist worked with various stakeholders. They provided analysis and worked on drafting the legislation which allows the owner of a whole life insurance policy, when obtaining favorable consideration for Medicaid to make an irrevocable assignment of all or a part of his or her rights under the policy to a funeral home in accordance with a specified provision of the Illinois Funeral or Burial Funds Act.

Legislation Synopsis: Amends the Illinois Insurance Code. Provides that an insured or any other person who may be the owner of rights under a policy of life insurance may make an irrevocable assignment of all or a part of his or her rights under the policy to a funeral home in accordance with a specified provision of the Illinois Funeral or Burial Funds Act. Provides that a policy owner who executes a designation beneficiary form irrevocably waives and cannot exercise certain rights. Amends the Illinois Funeral or Burial Funds Act. In a provision concerning pre-need contracts funded through the purchase of a life insurance policy or tax-deferred annuity contract, provides that nothing shall prohibit the purchaser from irrevocably assigning ownership of the policy or annuity to a person or trust or from irrevocably assigning the benefits of the policy or annuity to a funeral home for the purpose of obtaining favorable consideration for Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income, or another public assistance program. Requires the insured or any other person who may be the owner of rights under the policy of whole life insurance to sign a guaranteed pre-need contract with the provider that describes the cost of the goods and services to be provided upon the person's death, up to $6,774, except that any portion of a contract that clearly represents the purchase of burial space is exempt regardless of value. Amends the Aid to the Aged, Blind or Disabled Article of the Illinois Public Aid Code. In a provision requiring the Department of Human Services to exempt certain prepaid funeral or burial contracts from consideration when making an eligibility determination for medical assistance, provides that at any time after submitting an application for medical assistance and before the Department makes a final determination of eligibility, an applicant may use available resources to purchase one of the exempted prepaid funeral or burial contracts. Exempts up to $6,774 (rather than $5,874) in funds under an irrevocable prepaid funeral or burial contract when determining an individual's resources and eligibility for medical assistance. Contains provisions concerning exemptions; irrevocable designation of beneficiary forms; and other matters.

Effective Date: Immediately

HB 5047 - POWER OF ATTORNEY-SHORT FORM – NAELA SUPPORTED

Legislative Champion: Rep. Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz (D) / Sen. Laura Fine (D)

Status: Passed Both Houses, pending Governor’s signature

NAELA board members and lobbyist provided the sponsor of the bill insightful analysis as to the possible effects of the legislation and expressed support.

Legislation Synopsis: Amends the Department of Public Health Powers and Duties Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Requires the Department of Public Health to post on its website information regarding the physical or electronic possession of a statutory short form power of attorney for health care. Requires the Department to create an information campaign regarding the changes made by the amendatory Act. Amends the Powers Of Attorney For Health Care Article of the Illinois Power of Attorney Act. Changes the statutory short form power of attorney for health care to include the option to present the form electronically as proof of agency. Provides that, if the principal has authorized the agent to present the statutory short form electronically, an attending physician, emergency medical services personnel, or health care provider shall not refuse to give effect to a health care agency if the agent presents an electronic device displaying an electronic copy of an executed form as proof of the health care agency. Requires any person or entity that provides a statutory short form to the public to post information on its website regarding the changes made by the amendatory Act for a period of 2 years. Makes conforming changes.Statutes affected:
Introduced: 20 ILCS 2310/2310, 755 ILCS 45/4Engrossed: 20 ILCS 2310/2310, 755 ILCS 45/4
Enrolled: 755 ILCS 45/4

Effective: January 1, 2023

HJR 23 - IL ABLE PROGRAM-SUPPORT – NAELA SUPPORTED

Legislative Champion: Francis Ann Hurley (D) / Sen. Laura Fine (D)

Status: Passed Both Houses, pending Governor’s signature

NAELA board members and Lobbyist expressed support.

Legislation Synopsis:Encourages State agencies and departments to continue their efforts to train staff and share information about Illinois ABLE to the beneficiaries they serve.

Effective: Immediately

SB 1633 - NURSING HOMES-RESIDENT RIGHTS – NAELA SUPPORTED

Legislative Champion: Sen. Karina Villa (D) / Rep. Joyce Mason (D)

Status: Passed Both Houses, pending Governor’s signature

NAELA board members and Lobbyist expressed Support.

Legislation Synopsis: Amends the Nursing Home Care Act. Provides that residents shall have the right to be treated with courtesy and respect for their individuality by employees or persons providing medical services or care, and shall have their human and civil rights maintained in all aspects of medical care. Provides that all applicable rights under the Medical Patient Rights Act apply to residents under the Act. Provides that residents shall not perform labor or services for a facility unless those activities are included for therapeutic purposes and appropriately goal-related in the resident's individual medical record. Provides that every acute care inpatient facility, community-based residential program, and facility employing more than 2 people that provide outpatient mental health services shall have a written internal grievance procedure that, at a minimum: (1) sets forth the process to be followed; (2) specifies time limits, including time limits for facility response; (3) provides for the patient to have the assistance of an advocate; (4) requires a written response to written grievances; and (5) provides for a timely decision by an impartial decision maker if the grievance is not otherwise resolved. Makes other changes.Statutes affected:  Introduced: 210 ILCS 45/2Engrossed: 210 ILCS 45/2, 210 ILCS 45/3 Enrolled: 210 ILCS 45/2, 210 ILCS 45/3

Effective: January 1, 2023

SB 3786 - STATE TREASURER-ABLE ACCOUNTS – NAELA SUPPORTED

Legislative Champion: Sen. Laura Ellman (D) / Rep. Dagmara Avelar (D)

Status: Passed Both Houses, pending Governor’s signature

NAELA board members and Lobbyist expressed Support.

Legislation Synopsis: Amends the State Treasurer Act. In provisions concerning the ABLE account program, provides that a "designated representative" means a person or entity (currently, person only) who is authorized to act on behalf of a "designated beneficiary". Provides that a designated representative must provide certification, subject to penalties of perjury, of the basis for the person's authority to act as a designated representative and that there is no other person or entity with higher priority to establish the ABLE account. Removes provisions allowing the State Treasurer to recognize specified persons or entities as a designated representative without appointment by a court. Defines "Internal Revenue Code". Effective immediately. Statutes affected:
Introduced: 15 ILCS 505/16Engrossed: 15 ILCS 505/16, Enrolled: 15 ILCS 505/16

Effective: Immediately

SB 3132 - DHS-HOME SERVICES PROGRAM – NAELA MONITORED

Legislative Champion: Sen. Laura Fine (D) / Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D)

Status: Passed Both Houses, pending Governor’s signature

Legislation Synopsis: Amends the Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities Act. In provisions concerning the Department of Human Services' Home Services Program, provides that subject to federal approval the Department shall allow a recipient's spouse to serve as his or her provider of personal care or similar services. Effective immediately. Statutes affected:  Introduced: 20 ILCS 2405/3Engrossed: 20 ILCS 2405/3, Enrolled: 20 ILCS 2405/3

Effective: Immediately

HB 4366 - GUARDIAN APPOINTMENT-TRAINING- NAELA MONITORED

Legislative Champion: Rep. William Davis (D) / Sen. Don Harmon (D)

Status: Passed Both Houses, pending Governor’s signature

Legislation Synopsis: Amends the Guardians For Adults With Disabilities Article of the Probate Act of 1975. Removes a provision that exempts a guardian of the person appointed in a county with a population of more than 3,000,000 from completing a training program created under the Guardianship and Advocacy Act.Statutes affected: Introduced: 755 ILCS 5/11Engrossed: 755 ILCS 5/11, Enrolled: 755 ILCS 5/11

Effective: January 1, 2023

SB 702 - SR HOUSING RESIDENTS COUNCIL – NAELA MONITORED

Legislative Champion: Sen. Mike Simmons (D) / Rep. Chris Welch (D)

Status: Passed Both Houses, pending Governor’s signature

Legislation Synopsis: Amends the Senior Citizens Real Estate Tax Deferral Act. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the short title.Statutes affected: Introduced: 320 ILCS 30/1Engrossed: 20 ILCS 105/4, Enrolled: 20 ILCS 105/4

Effective: Upon Becoming Law

SB 1041- DHFS-REPORT-HEALTHCHOICE IL – NAELA MONITORED

Legislative Champion: Sen. Napolean Harris  (D) / Rep. Chris Welch (D)

Status: Passed Both Houses, pending Governor’s Signature

Legislation Synopsis: Amends the Illinois Public Aid Code. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning supportive living facilities. Statutes affected: Introduced: 305 ILCS 5/5Engrossed: 305 ILCS 5/5

Effective: Upon Becoming Law

SB 1405 - MEDICAL PATIENT RTS-VISITATION – NAELA MONITERED

Legislative Champion: Sen. Dan McConchie (R) / Rep. Chris Bos (R)

Status: Passed Both Houses, pending Governor’s Signature

Bill aims to protect residents from visitation restrictions in the event of another disaster proclamation.

Effective: Upon Becoming Law

Legislation Synopsis: Authorizes a skilled nursing home, extended care facility, or intermediate care facility to prohibit an individual from visiting a resident or patient of the nursing home or facility if specific facts demonstrate that the individual would endanger his or her physical health or safety or the health or safety of a resident, patient, or health care worker of the nursing home or facility. Requires such a denial to be in writing and provided to the individual and the resident or patient with whom the individual was denied visitation. Requires each skilled nursing home, extended care facility, and intermediate care facility to inform each resident of the nursing home or facility (or that individual's representative) of the resident's visitation rights and the facility's visitation-related policies and procedures. Specifies that these nursing homes and facilities must not restrict, limit, or otherwise deny visitation privileges on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability. Requires the nursing homes and facilities to ensure that all visitors enjoy full and equal visitation privileges, consistent with the residents' preferences

SB 1975 - PROP TX-HOMESTED-DISABILITIES – NAELA MONITORED

Legislative Champion: Sen. Robert R. Martwick (D) / Rep. Michelle Mussman (D)

Status: Passed Both Houses, pending Governor’s Signature

This bill makes it easier for older adults and people with disabilities in Cook County to receive and maintain property tax benefits by providing for automatic annual renewal of the Persons with Disabilities Exemption and streamlines benefits for low-income seniors.

Legislation Synopsis: Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that the chief county assessment officer in a county of more than 3,000,000 residents, and in any other county where the county board has authorized such action by ordinance or resolution, may automatically renew the homestead exemption for persons with disabilities without application for any person who applied for the exemption and presented a Disability Identification Card stating that the claimant is under a Class 2 disability.Statutes affected:
Introduced: 35 ILCS 200/15Engrossed: 35 ILCS 200/15, Enrolled: 20 ILCS 2505/2505, 35 ILCS 200/9, 35 ILCS 200/15, 35 ILCS 200/18, 105 ILCS 5/17, 320 ILCS 30/3

Effective: Upon Becoming Law

SB 3007 - SOS-DRIVERS OMNIBUS – NAELA MONITORED

Legislative Champion: Sen. Ram Vilivalam / Rep. Michael Kelly (D)

Status: Passed Both Houses, pending Governor’s Signature

The bill provided requirements concerning probate court notification to the secretary of State in limited and plenary guardianship cases.

Legislation Synopsis: Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Provides that the Secretary of State is authorized to suspend or revoke the driving privileges of any person without a preliminary hearing upon a showing of the person's records or other sufficient evidence that the person has committed an out-of-State offense similar to the Illinois prohibition on the unlawful use of a license, has possessed cannabis while under 21 years of age, or has provided false information about his or her age to a cannabis establishment. Provides that driver rehabilitation specialists or programs are permitted to give driving instruction without being issued a license, except when the client of the specialist or program has never held a driver's license. Changes the implementation date concerning changes to the Secretary of State's requirements regarding the posting of certain information to the Commercial Driver's License Information System from June 22, 2021 to June 23, 2025. Provides that an individual shall be disqualified from operating a commercial motor vehicle for life if that individual uses a commercial motor vehicle in the commission of a felony involving an act or practice of severe forms of human trafficking. Amends the Probate Act of 1975. Provides requirements concerning probate court notifications to the Secretary of State in limited and plenary guardianship cases. Statutes affected:  Introduced: 625 ILCS 5/6, 755 ILCS 5/11Engrossed: 625 ILCS 5/6, 755 ILCS 5/11 Enrolled: 625 ILCS 5/6, 755 ILCS 5/11

Effective: Upon Becoming Law

SB 3174 - RUUPA-PROP AMOUNT-AFFIDAVIT – NAELA MONITORED

Legislative Champion: Sen. Sara Feigenholtz (D) / Rep. Stephanie Kifowit

Status: Passed Both Houses, pending Governor’s Signature

Legislation Synopsis: Amends the Revised Uniform Unclaimed Property Act. Allows the administrator to deliver property or pay the amount owing to a person without the person filing a claim if the value of the property that is owed the person is $5,000 (rather than $2,000) or less. Allows the administrator to waive a specific requirement and pay or deliver property directly to a person if the property has a value of less than $2,000 (rather than $500). Allows an heir or agent who files an unclaimed property claim in which the decedent's property does not exceed $250 (rather than $100) to submit an affidavit attesting to the heir's or agent's capacity to claim in lieu of submitting a certified copy of the will to verify a claim. Provides that an affidavit is not required to include a copy of the decedent's death certificate if other evidence of the death of the owner is available. Makes conforming changes. Effective immediately. Statutes affected:  Introduced: 765 ILCS 1026/15Engrossed: 765 ILCS 1026/15, Enrolled: 765 ILCS 1026/15

Effective: Immediately


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