(210 ILCS 89/20)
Exemptions and limitations.
(a) Hospitals that do not charge for their services are exempt from the provisions of this Act.
(b) Nothing in this Act shall be used by any private or public health care insurer or plan as a basis for reducing its payment or reimbursement rates or policies with any hospital. Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, discounts authorized under this Act shall not be used by any private or public health care insurer or plan, regulatory agency, arbitrator, court, or other third party to determine a hospital's usual and customary charges for any health care service.
(c) Nothing in this Act shall be construed to require a hospital to provide an uninsured patient with a particular type of health care service or other service.
(d) Nothing in this Act shall be deemed to reduce or infringe upon the rights and obligations of hospitals and patients under the Fair Patient Billing Act.
(e) The obligations of hospitals under this Act shall take effect for health care services provided on or after the first day of the month that begins 90 days after the effective date of this Act or 90 days after the initial adoption of rules authorized under subsection (a) of Section 25, whichever occurs later.
(Source: P.A. 95-965, eff. 12-22-08.)