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October 2014
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  • Homeless Youth Can Now Consent to Their Medical Care

    Unaccompanied minors can now consent to their own routine medical care under a new Illinois law, which went into effect Oct. 1, 2014.

    According to the new public act, a "minor seeking care" is defined as a person who is at least 14 years of age, but less than 18 years of age, living separate and apart from his or her parents or legal guardian, and is identified in writing by a person specified in the law.

    The legislation applies to primary care services provided by a physician, physician assistant or advanced practice nurse, and allows medical practices to develop their own procedures for securing the consent.

    Approximately 7,000 homeless minors in Illinois, under their own consent, may now be treated for ailments such as asthma, a fever, minor cuts and sprains.

    Both Houses of the Illinois General Assembly unanimously approved the new law (H.B. 4501), which amends the Minors Consent to Medical Procedures Act. Governor Quinn signed the bill last summer.

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