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Bill: SB 898
Sponsor:  Sen. Althoff -Rep. Mah
Status: P.A. 100-0418
Position: Neutral 
Description: This legislation expanded the scope of practice for physical therapists to include dry needling. The Chamber successfully negotiated language that would ensure that employers do not have to cover the experimental treatment.

Bill: HB 1333
Sponsor: Rep. Manley
Status: House 2nd Reading
Position: Oppose
Description: Insurance mandate on hearing instruments.

Bill: HB 2624 
Sponsor: Rep. Fine – Sen. J. Cullerton
Status: Senate Assignments
Position: Oppose
Description: Creates the independent quasi-judicial Health Insurance Rate Review Board to ensure insurance rates are reasonable and justified. Sets forth duties and prohibited activities concerning the Board. Provides that the Board shall review and approve or disapprove all rates and rate schedules filed or used by a health carrier. Sets forth provisions concerning rate standards, public notice, hearings, and the disapproval and approval of rates and rate schedules.

Bill: HB 2956
Sponsor:  Rep. McAsey
Status: House Rules
Position: Oppose
Description: Amends the Illinois Insurance Code, the State Employees Group Insurance Act of 1971, the Counties Code, the Illinois Municipal Code, the School Code, the Health Maintenance Organization Act, the Limited Health Service Organization Act, and the Voluntary Health Services Plans Act. Prohibits insurers from requiring that a covered individual first use an opioid analgesic drug product without abuse-deterrence labeling claims before providing coverage for an abuse-deterrent opioid analgesic drug product.

Bill: HB 2959
Sponsor: Rep. Fine  – Sen. Biss
Status: P.A. 100-0386
Position: Oppose
Description:  This bill is a pre-existing condition insurance mandate, passed by both houses. The bill as passed, adopted an amendment that clarified the mandate did not apply to short-term travel, disability income, long-term care, accident only, or limited or specified disease policies.

Bill: HB 302
Sponsor: Rep. Martwick – Sen. Collins
Status: Governor Amendatory Veto
Position: Oppose
Description: HB 302 is an initiative of the Treasurer’s Office, would require life insurance companies to cross-match lapsed or expired policies against the Social Security Administration’s Death Master File to find potential beneficiaries of unclaimed life insurance benefits. The bill as passed both chambers, requires all insurers to search policies in force as of Jan. 1, 2012, and to Jan. 1, 2000 if a company has electronically-searchable records.

 

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