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Legislative Update: Health Care Bills Progress in Springfield
Posted on: 4/11/2018


Your ISMS legislative team has been hard at work in Springfield, advocating on your behalf by thwarting bad proposals from moving forward and negotiating sensible changes to various bills.

This past week held an important procedural deadline for both the Illinois Senate and the Illinois House – the last window for committee review of bills.

Despite the difficulties of passing legislation during an election year, ISMS has succeeded in helping advance several bills out of committee prior to today’s deadline:  

  • Refills for non-controlled substances
  • Senate Bill 3170 would extend the time a patient can refill a prescription for a non-controlled substance from 12 months to 15 months.  

  • Unauthorized possession of a controlled substance license number
  • Senate Bill 3184 would amend the Illinois Controlled Substances Act to prohibit uses of a prescriber's Illinois controlled substance license number or Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) registration number for purposes other than those for which these numbers are intended. This bill passed out of subcommittee and will be heard in the full committee next week.

  • Allowing ambulatory surgical treatment facilities to file liens
  • House Bill 4911 would amend the Health Care Services Lien Act to allow ambulatory surgical treatment facilities (ASTFs) to file liens.

    Under current law, only health care professionals and licensed medical facilities (hospitals, home health agencies, and ambulatory surgical treatment centers [ASTCs]) are able to file liens. ASTFs are typically physician owned facilities that, because of their size, do not qualify for state licensure, but are nationally accredited.

  • Stopping insurance companies from modifying an enrollee’s coverage for a drug
  • House Bill 4146 would prevent insurance companies from modifying an enrollee's coverage for a drug after the enrollee is already locked into a health plan for the year.

    Specifically, the bill would prevent these actions, which cause hikes in out-of-pocket costs for drugs:

    • Increasing out-of-pocket costs for a covered drug.
    • Moving a prescription drug to a more restrictive tier.
    • Removing a prescription drug from a formulary.

As the spring 2018 legislative session continues, ISMS will keep you informed with Physician Advocate and the Legislative Action Hub

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