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AN ACT concerning State government.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
The Department of Public Health Powers and
Duties Law of the
Civil Administrative Code of Illinois is
amended by adding Section 2310-399.5 as follows:
(20 ILCS 2310/2310-399.5 new)
Veterans' cancer program.
(a) The Department, subject to appropriation or other
available funding, shall conduct a program to promote awareness
of cancer in veterans. The program may include, but
need not be
(1) Dissemination of information regarding the
incidence of cancer in veterans, the risk factors
associated with cancer, and the benefits of early detection
(2) Promotion of information and counseling about
(3) Establishment and promotion of referral services
Beginning January 1, 2018, the program must include the
dissemination, through print and broadcast
media, of public service
announcements that publicize the
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importance of cancer screening for
(b) Subject to appropriation or other available funding,
the Veterans' Cancer Screening Program shall be
the Department of Public Health. The Program shall apply to the
following persons and entities:
(1) uninsured and underinsured veterans; and
(2) non-profit organizations providing assistance to
in paragraph (1).
An entity funded by the Program shall coordinate with other
local providers of cancer screening, diagnostic, follow-up,
education, and advocacy services for veterans to avoid
duplication of effort. Any
entity funded by the Program shall
comply with any applicable State
and federal standards
regarding cancer screening.
Administrative costs of the Department shall not exceed 10%
of the funds allocated to the Program. Indirect costs of the
entities funded by this Program shall not exceed 12%. The
Department shall define "indirect costs" in accordance with
applicable State and federal law.
An entity funded by the Program shall collect data and
maintain records that are determined by the Department to be
necessary to facilitate the Department's ability to monitor and
evaluate the effectiveness of the entities and the Program.
Commencing with the Program's second year of operation, by
January 1, 2019 and every January 1 thereafter, the
shall submit an annual report to the General Assembly and
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Governor. The report shall describe the activities
effectiveness of the Program and shall include, but not be
limited to, the following types of information regarding those
by the Program: (i) the number; and (ii) the ethnic,
geographic, and age breakdown.
The Department or an entity funded by the Program shall
collect personal and medical information necessary to
Program from an individual applying for services
under the Program.
The information shall be confidential and
shall not be disclosed
other than for purposes directly
connected with the administration of
the Program or except as
otherwise provided by law or pursuant to
prior written consent
of the subject of the information.
The Department or any entity funded by the program may
disclose the confidential information to medical personnel and
intermediaries of the State to the extent necessary to
the Program, and to other State public health
agencies or medical
researchers if the confidential
information is necessary to carry out
the duties of those
agencies or researchers in the investigation,
surveillance of cancer.
The Department shall adopt rules to implement the Veterans'
Screening Program in accordance with the Illinois