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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. We accomplish this through our numerous councils and committees, and by working with various stakeholders throughout Illinois to lead and coordinate on public health messaging, awareness and education campaigns, and by crafting resources for physicians, patients, and their practices.

ISMS has worked on these initiatives related to public health, including but not limited to:

Tobacco Use: ISMS supported legislation to raise the smoking age in Illinois to 21, which includes including 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

ISMS Supports

Facility Provided Medications SB 579 (Sponsors:Sen. Laura Fine / Rep. Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz) would require hospitals and facilities to offer a patient any unused portion of a facility-provided medication upon discharge when it is administered to a patient at the hospital or facility and is required for continuing treatment. This is an ISMS initiative introduced on behalf of an ISMS member. This bill passed both chambers and will be sent to the Governor for further action.

Flavored Tobacco Ban ISMS Legislation SB 699 (Sponsor: Sen. Julie A. Morrison) - bans the retail sails of flavored tobacco products, including menthol. This is an ISMS initiative introduced on behalf of an ISMS member. Due to opposition from the retail industry, this bill did not advance. ISMS will continue to pursue next year.

CBD Safety Act HB 147 (Sponsor: Rep. Bob Morgan) - would prohibit the sale or distribution of a CBD product unless the CBD product has labeling and has undergone lab testing that meet labeling and minimum testing requirements. ISMS supported this bill, which was held in the Senate. ISMS expects that similar legislation will be introduced next year.

Disease-Trichomoniasis HB 739 (Sponsor: Rep. Ann M. Williams) provides that a health care professional who makes a clinical diagnosis of trichomoniasis may prescribe, dispense, furnish, or otherwise provide prescription antibiotic drugs to the infected person's sexual partner or partners for the treatment of the sexually transmissible disease without physical examination of the partner or partners. This bill passed both chambers and will be sent to the Governor for further action.

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