As a physician-led organization, the Illinois State Medical Society (ISMS) works with our members to advocate for the health, rights, and well-being of Illinois patients. With quality patient care in mind, physicians guide ISMS policy and action with regulators, legislators, and insurance companies.
There are many issues important to the health of Illinois patients, which is why patients, physicians and medical groups rely on ISMS to BE HEARD in Illinois. This is accomplished through the work of our numerous councils and committees and by operating with various stakeholders throughout the state. These efforts consist of the piloting and coordination of public health messaging and awareness, educational campaigns, and the crafting of effective patient, physician, and medical practice resources.
Examples of ISMS championed public health initiatives include:
Tobacco Use: ISMS supported legislation to raise the smoking age in Illinois to 21, which includes electronic cigarettes, and supported legislation banning smoking in cars when minors are present.
Legalization of Adult Use Cannabis: As a direct result of ISMS’ advocacy, 11 crucial patient safety provisions were included in the law. These protections, among other things, included labeling requirements, maximum THC levels, anti-contamination standards, advertising restrictions and local control.
To see ISMS’ specific work on more public health issues, please view the end of session legislative reports.
Currently Tracked Bills
Smoke Free Illinois for Electronic Cigarettes: SB 1561 (Sponsor: Sen. Julie A. Morrison, Rep. Camille Y. Lilly) - Senate Bill 1561 adds electronic cigarettes to the Smoke Free Illinois Act banning them from the majority of public locations. The bill passed the Senate and House and was place on Calendar Order of Concurrence House Amendment(s).