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New Laws Pertaining to Medicine that Took Effect January 1
Posted on: 1/5/2017

The start of 2017 rings in almost 200 new state laws passed by the General Assembly and signed by the governor during 2016. Here are several that apply to medicine in Illinois. 

Addiction treatment, prevention and medication abuse

  • Public Act 99-0553 requires substance abuse programs licensed by Department of Human Services to provide educational information on opioid treatment options, including the use of medication for opioid addiction and overdose, and how to administer naloxone.

  • Public Act 99-0585 bans the sale of "bath salts"; allows prosecutors to charge convenience stores, gas stations or any other retail shops that sell bath salts in Illinois with a Class 3 felony, punishable by a fine of up to $150,000 and permits local governments to revoke a retailer's license if a violation occurs.

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  • Public Act 99-0554 prevents drug courts from blocking defendant participation in prescribed drug treatments under the care of licensed physician.  


  • Public Act 99-0772 requires Illinois Medicaid, upon federal approval, to provide reimbursement for pre-exposure prophylactic drugs for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.

  • Public Act 99-0898 requires Illinois Medicaid to create an algorithm to automatically assign Medicaid enrollees to a managed care entity.

  • Public Act 99-0566 clarifies that patient privacy protections that apply to Medicaid Managed Care Entities also apply to their business associates; it also allows the entities and business associates to communicate directly with clients regarding care coordination activities.  

Medical legal

  • Public Act 99-0886 allows health care workers to petition to have their licenses reinstated if they committed certain non-sexual, nonviolent felonies that happened at least 5 years prior.

  • Public Act 99-0661 clarifies the definitions of "clinical observation" and "medical monitoring" for emergency medical services personnel.  

Medical service

  • Public Act 99-0711 allows state police, local police and other entities to administer epinephrine and be trained on how to administer it.

  • Public Act 99-0862 allows emergency medical technicians to administer epinephrine if they've successfully completed training.

  • Public Act 99-0672 requires insurance companies to provide coverage for all contraceptive drugs approved by the FDA.

  • Public Act 99-0582 requires buildings to be more accessible to individuals with disabilities.

Health IT

  • Public Act 99-0535 allows use of video conferencing equipment in hearings concerning use of psychotropic medicine or electroconvulsive therapy. 

  • Public Act 99-0503 classifies online logins, biometric data and health info as protected information, and updates how groups notify the public of a data breach.

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