(410 ILCS 70/7.5)
    Sec. 7.5. Prohibition on billing sexual assault survivors directly for certain services; written notice; billing protocols.
    (a) A hospital, approved pediatric health care facility, health care professional, ambulance provider, laboratory, or pharmacy furnishing medical forensic services, transportation, follow-up healthcare, or medication to a sexual assault survivor shall not:
        (1) charge or submit a bill for any portion of the
    
costs of the services, transportation, or medications to the sexual assault survivor, including any insurance deductible, co-pay, co-insurance, denial of claim by an insurer, spenddown, or any other out-of-pocket expense;
        (2) communicate with, harass, or intimidate the
    
sexual assault survivor for payment of services, including, but not limited to, repeatedly calling or writing to the sexual assault survivor and threatening to refer the matter to a debt collection agency or to an attorney for collection, enforcement, or filing of other process;
        (3) refer a bill to a collection agency or attorney
    
for collection action against the sexual assault survivor;
        (4) contact or distribute information to affect the
    
sexual assault survivor's credit rating; or
        (5) take any other action adverse to the sexual
    
assault survivor or his or her family on account of providing services to the sexual assault survivor.
    (b) Nothing in this Section precludes a hospital, health care provider, ambulance provider, laboratory, or pharmacy from billing the sexual assault survivor or any applicable health insurance or coverage for inpatient services.
    (c) Every hospital and approved pediatric health care facility providing treatment services to sexual assault survivors in accordance with a plan approved under Section 2 of this Act shall provide a written notice to a sexual assault survivor. The written notice must include, but is not limited to, the following:
        (1) a statement that the sexual assault survivor
    
should not be directly billed by any ambulance provider providing transportation services, or by any hospital, approved pediatric health care facility, health care professional, laboratory, or pharmacy for the services the sexual assault survivor received as an outpatient at the hospital or approved pediatric health care facility;
        (2) a statement that a sexual assault survivor who is
    
admitted to a hospital may be billed for inpatient services provided by a hospital, health care professional, laboratory, or pharmacy;
        (3) a statement that prior to leaving the hospital or
    
approved pediatric health care facility, the hospital or approved pediatric health care facility will give the sexual assault survivor a sexual assault services voucher for follow-up healthcare if the sexual assault survivor is eligible to receive a sexual assault services voucher;
        (4) the definition of "follow-up healthcare" as set
    
forth in Section 1a of this Act;
        (5) a phone number the sexual assault survivor may
    
call should the sexual assault survivor receive a bill from the hospital or approved pediatric health care facility for medical forensic services;
        (6) the toll-free phone number of the Office of the
    
Illinois Attorney General, Crime Victim Services Division, which the sexual assault survivor may call should the sexual assault survivor receive a bill from an ambulance provider, approved pediatric health care facility, a health care professional, a laboratory, or a pharmacy.
    This subsection (c) shall not apply to hospitals that provide transfer services as defined under Section 1a of this Act.
    (d) Within 60 days after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 99th General Assembly, every health care professional, except for those employed by a hospital or hospital affiliate, as defined in the Hospital Licensing Act, or those employed by a hospital operated under the University of Illinois Hospital Act, who bills separately for medical or forensic services must develop a billing protocol that ensures that no survivor of sexual assault will be sent a bill for any medical forensic services and submit the billing protocol to the Crime Victim Services Division of the Office of the Attorney General for approval. Within 60 days after the commencement of the provision of medical forensic services, every health care professional, except for those employed by a hospital or hospital affiliate, as defined in the Hospital Licensing Act, or those employed by a hospital operated under the University of Illinois Hospital Act, who bills separately for medical or forensic services must develop a billing protocol that ensures that no survivor of sexual assault is sent a bill for any medical forensic services and submit the billing protocol to the Crime Victim Services Division of the Office of the Attorney General for approval. Health care professionals who bill as a legal entity may submit a single billing protocol for the billing entity.
    Within 60 days after the Department's approval of a treatment plan, an approved pediatric health care facility and any health care professional employed by an approved pediatric health care facility must develop a billing protocol that ensures that no survivor of sexual assault is sent a bill for any medical forensic services and submit the billing protocol to the Crime Victim Services Division of the Office of the Attorney General for approval.
     The billing protocol must include at a minimum:
        (1) a description of training for persons who prepare
    
bills for medical and forensic services;
        (2) a written acknowledgement signed by a person who
    
has completed the training that the person will not bill survivors of sexual assault;
        (3) prohibitions on submitting any bill for any
    
portion of medical forensic services provided to a survivor of sexual assault to a collection agency;
        (4) prohibitions on taking any action that would
    
adversely affect the credit of the survivor of sexual assault;
        (5) the termination of all collection activities if
    
the protocol is violated; and
        (6) the actions to be taken if a bill is sent to a
    
collection agency or the failure to pay is reported to any credit reporting agency.
    The Crime Victim Services Division of the Office of the Attorney General may provide a sample acceptable billing protocol upon request.
    The Office of the Attorney General shall approve a proposed protocol if it finds that the implementation of the protocol would result in no survivor of sexual assault being billed or sent a bill for medical forensic services.
    If the Office of the Attorney General determines that implementation of the protocol could result in the billing of a survivor of sexual assault for medical forensic services, the Office of the Attorney General shall provide the health care professional or approved pediatric health care facility with a written statement of the deficiencies in the protocol. The health care professional or approved pediatric health care facility shall have 30 days to submit a revised billing protocol addressing the deficiencies to the Office of the Attorney General. The health care professional or approved pediatric health care facility shall implement the protocol upon approval by the Crime Victim Services Division of the Office of the Attorney General.
    The health care professional or approved pediatric health care facility shall submit any proposed revision to or modification of an approved billing protocol to the Crime Victim Services Division of the Office of the Attorney General for approval. The health care professional or approved pediatric health care facility shall implement the revised or modified billing protocol upon approval by the Crime Victim Services Division of the Office of the Illinois Attorney General.
(Source: P.A. 99-454, eff. 1-1-16; 100-775, eff. 1-1-19.)