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100th General Assembly

HB0312 / SB0642
NURSES-APRN SCOPE OF PRACTICE
House: Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee (4/28/2017)
Senate: Placed on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading April 4, 2017 (3/30/2017)
Amends the Nurse Practice Act. In provisions concerning scope of practice, written collaborative agreements, temporary practice with a collaborative agreement, prescriptive authority with a collaborative agreement, titles, advertising, continuing education, and reports relating to professional conduct and capacity, changes references of “advanced practice nurse” and “APN” to “advanced practice registered nurse” and “APRN”. Provides that a written collaborative agreement is required for all postgraduate advanced practice registered nurses until specific requirements have been met. Provides that postgraduate advanced practice registered nurses may enter into written collaborative agreements with collaborating advanced practice registered nurses or physicians (rather than collaborating physicians or podiatric physicians). In provisions concerning prescriptive authority for postgraduate advanced practice registered nurses, sets forth the requirements for postgraduate advanced practice registered nurses to have prescriptive authority and the limitations of such authority. Defines “full practice authority” and provides requirements for it to be granted to an advanced practice registered nurse. Removes provisions concerning advanced practice nursing in hospitals, hospital affiliates, or ambulatory surgical treatment centers, except the provision for anesthesia services and the provision requiring advanced practice registered nurses to provide services in accordance with other Acts. Makes other changes. Effective immediately.

HB0313 / SB0625
NURSE PRACTICE ACT-VARIOUS
House: Placed on Calendar Order of Concurrence Senate Amendments 1 (5/29/2017)
Senate: Placed on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading April 4, 2017. (3/30/17)
Amends the Regulatory Sunset Act. Extends the repeal of the Nurse Practice Act from January 1, 2018 to January 1, 2028. Amends the Nurse Practice Act. Defines “focused assessment”, “full practice authority”, “oversight”, and “postgraduate advanced practice nurse”. Changes references of “advanced practice nurse” and “APN” to “advanced practice registered nurse” and “APRN” throughout the Act. Replaces provisions regarding nursing delegation with provisions that prohibit specified actions. Provides other guidelines for delegation of nursing activities and medication administration. Makes changes to education program requirements, qualifications for licensure, the scope of practice, and continuing education for LPN and RN licenses. Provides that a written collaborative agreement is required for all postgraduate advanced practice registered nurses until specific requirements have been met. Provides that postgraduate advanced practice registered nurses may enter into written collaborative agreements with collaborating advanced practice registered nurses or physicians (rather than collaborating physicians or podiatric physicians). In provisions concerning prescriptive authority for postgraduate advanced practice registered nurses, sets forth the requirements for postgraduate advanced practice registered nurses to have prescriptive authority and the limitations of such authority. Makes changes to provisions concerning the grounds for disciplinary action under the Act. Requires the Department of Public Health to prepare a report regarding the moneys appropriated from the Nursing Dedicated and Professional Fund to the Department of Public Health for nursing scholarships. Makes other changes. Effective immediately.

SR0008
SUGARLESS WEDNESDAYS
Resolution Adopted. (2/8/2017)
Designates each Wednesday in the month of February of 2017 as a “Sugarless Wednesday” in the State of Illinois.

HB0508/ SB0608
MOBILE SPECIALTY CARE PROVIDER
House: Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee. (3/31/17)
Senate: Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments. (4/7/2017)x
Amends the Illinois Public Aid Code. Provides that mobile specialty care providers that serve children enrolled in a managed care organization shall not be required to obtain prior authorization in order to receive reimbursement for all services within the normal scope of chronic disease management, including, but not limited to, asthma, diabetes, obesity, and reproductive health. Requires mobile specialty care providers to make all reasonable attempts, as defined by rule of the Department of Healthcare and Family Services, to connect the children they serve to their primary care physician or an appropriate hospital defined as a Safety-Net Hospital under the Code to maintain a proper medical home. Defines “mobile specialty care provider”. Requires the Department to adopt any rules necessary to implement these provisions. Effective July 1, 2017.

HB1130
REVENUE-TECH
House: Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee (4/28/2017)
Senate: Referred to Rules Committee (4/27/2017)
Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning tax check off explanations. Diabetes Research Check off Fund excluded from changes.

SB1573 / HB2909
MEDICAID-EYEGLASSES-SURGERY
Senate: Moved to House, Referred to Rules Committee (4/27/2017)
House: Passed both Houses (5/25/2017)
Amends the Medical Assistance Article of the Illinois Public Aid Code. In a provision limiting medical assistance recipients to one pair of adult eyeglasses every 2 years, provides that the limitation does not apply to an individual who needs different eyeglasses following a surgical procedure such as cataract surgery. Effective immediately.

SB1585 / HB2933
PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT-VARIOUS
Senate: Moved to House, passed both Houses (5/30/2017)
House: Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee (4/28/2017)
Amends The Care of Students with Diabetes Act; clarifies language about Physician Assistants and requirement for collaborative agreements with physicians.

HB2914
HEAL ACT
Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee. (3/31/2017)
Creates the Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Act. Imposes a tax on distributors of sugar-sweetened beverages in the State at the rate of $0.01 per ounce. Contains provisions concerning the distribution of the proceeds from the tax. Creates a multi-sector Advisory Council for Health and Wellness to govern the distribution of the proceeds. Amends the State Finance Act to create the Illinois Wellness Fund. Effective immediately.

HB3833
PHARMACISTS-HEALTH CARE SRVCS –
Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee. (3/31/2017)
Amends the Care of Students with Diabetes Act to add pharmacists as health care providers under the Act. Effective January 1, 2018.

HB3844
MEDICAID-DIABETES EDUCATION –
Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee. (3/31/2017)
Amends the Medical Assistance Article of the Illinois Public Aid Code. Requires the Department of Healthcare and Family Services to provide medical assistance coverage for diabetes education provided by a certified diabetes education provider for children with Type 1 diabetes who are under the age of 18. Defines “certified diabetes education provider” to mean a professional who has undergone training and certification under conditions approved by the American Association of Diabetes Educators or a successor association of professionals. Defines “Type 1 diabetes” to have the meaning ascribed to it by the American Diabetes Association or any successor association. Effective immediately.

HR0148
OPPOSE SUGAR TAXES –
To Public Benefits Subcommittee. (3/15/2017)
Opposes any new taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages.

SB2113 / HB3993
$FY18 DPH OCE –
Senate: Referred to Assignments. (2/22/2017).
House: Assigned to Appropriations-Human Services Committee. (2/22/2017).
Makes appropriations for the ordinary and contingent expenses of the Department of Public Health for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2017, including $250,000 from the Diabetes Research Checkoff Fund and $700,000 for Diabetes Research Treatment Program Expenses.

HR0172 / SR0220
ADULT DOWN SYNDROME DAY –
Resolution Adopted in House and Senate. (3/15/2017)
Declares March 15, 2017 as “Adult Down Syndrome Awareness Day” in the State of Illinois.
Notes that adults with Down syndrome experience greater incidence have a higher incidence of Type 1 diabetes.

SR0231 / HR0212 / HR0277
URGE CONGRESS – FARM BILL –
House: Resolution Adopted (5/11/2017)
Urges Congress to adopt a farm bill that supports and promotes the development of local and regional food systems. Notes that Communities throughout Illinois face multiple health, social, and environmental issues connected to food, including hunger, malnutrition, increasing incidences of obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and other chronic diseases.

HR0205 / HR0269 (Extends to April 2018)
AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH –
Resolution Adopted in House (5/11/2017)
Declares April of 2017 as Autism Awareness Month in the State of Illinois for the purpose of urging both government entities and the citizenry to become aware and educated on the subject of autism spectrum disorders. Notes that autism spectrum disorders are more common than “pediatric cancer, diabetes, and AIDS combined.”

HR0234 / SR0353
ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE AGENDA –
House: Placed on Calendar Order of Resolutions. (4/27/2017)
Senate: Resolution Adopted. (5/31/2017)
Urges the creation of an environmental justice agenda. Notes that a lack of access to fresh, local, healthy food causes poor health outcomes such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease throughout communities of color and economically-disadvantaged communities.

SB2182
$FY17 AND FY18 OMNIBUS –
Referred to Assignments. (3/28/2017)
Makes appropriations and reappropriations for fiscal years 2017 and 2018. Some provisions are effective immediately and some provisions are effective July 1, 2017, but certain provisions do not take effect at all unless Senate Bill 2178 of the 100th General Assembly becomes law. Includes $250,000 from the Diabetes Research Checkoff Fund and $700,000 for Diabetes Research Treatment Program Expenses.

SB 655
Mulroe
Requires mandatory physician reporting of individuals who have conditions which may cause a lapse of consciousness.
Note:  The American Diabetes Association does not support mandatory physician reporting with regards to drivers’ licensure and believes that physicians should be permitted to use their judgment and discretion to determine when a patient’s health condition affects safe driving and needs to be reported.  This is a particularly important point because, whereas some individuals with diabetes may experience severe hypoglycemia and lapse of consciousness, most do not.  Forcing all people with diabetes, regardless of the type, treatment, and risk for driving impairment, to be subjected to mandatory physician reporting is not only unfair but also unnecessary.  Whereas the Association opposes SB 655 as currently written, we could support a provision identifying hypoglycemia as a condition that need not be reported by law unless the physician, in his/her own judgment, determines it should be reported.

HB 3472
Soto
Like HB 312, HB 313, and SB 625, the legislation (among many other provisions) seeks to add advanced practice registered nurses to the definition of “health care provider” in the Care of Students with Diabetes Act.

Past Legislation:

99th General Assembly, 2016-2017