(305 ILCS 5/5-5.5a)
(from Ch. 23, par. 5-5.5a)
Kosher kitchen and food service.
(a) The Department of Healthcare and Family Services may develop in its rate structure for
nursing facilities an accommodation
for fully kosher kitchen and food service operations, rabbinically
approved or certified on an annual basis for a facility in which the only
kitchen or all kitchens are fully kosher (a fully kosher facility).
Beginning in the fiscal year after the fiscal year when this amendatory Act
of 1990 becomes effective, the rate structure may provide for an additional
payment to such facility not to exceed 50 cents per resident per day if 60%
or more of the residents in the facility request kosher foods or food
products prepared in accordance with Jewish religious dietary requirements
for religious purposes in a fully kosher facility. Based upon food cost
reports of the Illinois Department of Agriculture regarding kosher and
non-kosher food available in the various regions of the State, this rate
structure may be periodically adjusted by the Department but may not exceed
the maximum authorized under this subsection (a).
(b) The Department shall by rule determine how a facility with a fully
kosher kitchen and food service may be determined to be eligible and apply
for the rate accommodation specified in subsection (a).
(Source: P.A. 95-331, eff. 8-21-07; 96-1530, eff. 2-16-11.)