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PUBLIC HEALTH
(410 ILCS 150/) Autism and Co-Occurring Medical Conditions Awareness Act.

410 ILCS 150/1

    (410 ILCS 150/1)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on August 12, 2021)
    Sec. 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Autism and Co-Occurring Medical Conditions Awareness Act.
(Source: P.A. 99-788, eff. 8-12-16.)

410 ILCS 150/5

    (410 ILCS 150/5)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on August 12, 2021)
    Sec. 5. Findings. The General Assembly finds the following:
        (1) The medical consensus is that autism is an
    
idiopathic disorder that has complex and multiple etiologies. The development of autism appears to be a complex interaction of multiple genetic and environmental factors. Both the prevalence and incidence of autism has risen in recent decades.
        (2) The Centers for Disease Control estimates that
    
one in 68 children born in 2002 and one in 42 boys have been identified as living with autism.
        (3) A 2012 survey conducted by the Centers for
    
Disease Control of U.S. households estimated one in 50 children ages 6 to 17 has an autism spectrum disorder.
        (4) Autism spectrum disorders occur among all
    
racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups.
        (5) Autism spectrum disorders are almost 5 times more
    
common among boys than among girls.
        (6) According to the Centers for Disease Control,
    
autism rates increased 78% between 2002 and 2008. The most recent estimate is roughly 30% higher than the estimate for 2008 (one in 88), 60% higher than the estimate for 2006 (one in 110), and 120% higher than the estimates for 2000 and 2002 (one in 150).
        (7) While autism spectrum disorders have primarily
    
been diagnosed in measuring deficits in the areas of communication, socialization, and behavior, recent clinical and scientific investigations have determined that co-occurring pathophysiological conditions may occur more commonly in persons also diagnosed with autism. These pathologies include, but are not limited to, allergies, autoimmune conditions, gastrointestinal diseases, immune dysregulation, metabolic disturbances, mitochondrial abnormalities, oxidative stress, neuroinflammation, and seizure disorders.
        (8) Scientific inquiry is providing evidence of
    
biological markers, including, but not limited to, single nucleotide polymorphisms, indications of cellular inflammation, increased cellular oxidation and damage, and abnormal DNA methylation, that may be clinically significant in the provision of appropriate medical care for persons also diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.
    Therefore, it is the intention of the General Assembly to promote a greater awareness and the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of underlying and co-occurring medical conditions that occur more commonly in persons with autism to further awareness, scientific understanding, and health outcomes for persons living with autism.
(Source: P.A. 99-788, eff. 8-12-16.)

410 ILCS 150/10

    (410 ILCS 150/10)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on August 12, 2021)
    Sec. 10. Definitions. In this Act:
    "Autism spectrum disorder" means a neurobiological disorder, including autism, regressive autism, Asperger Syndrome, and pervasive developmental disorders not otherwise specified.
    "Clinical symptomatology" means any indication of disorder or disease when experienced by an individual as a change from normal function, sensation, or appearance.
    "Co-occurring or otherwise diagnosed medical condition" means a simultaneous illness, condition, injury, disease, pathology, or disability that is not primarily diagnosed as an autism spectrum disorder.
    "Department" means the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.
    "Pathophysiological" means the functional alterations in the body related to a disease or syndrome.
    "Provider" means any provider of healthcare services in this State.
(Source: P.A. 99-788, eff. 8-12-16.)

410 ILCS 150/15

    (410 ILCS 150/15)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on August 12, 2021)
    Sec. 15. Study and education. Public partnerships and private partnerships supporting the discovery of biomarkers and their implications in pathophysiological conditions shall be encouraged and information derived from such discoveries shall be disseminated to providers and made available to the general public through research initiatives that may be promoted by universities, medical clinics, health care providers, consortiums, State agencies, private organizations, public organizations, and any party that may contribute to the scientific understanding of medical conditions associated or occurring more often in persons also diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder than in the general population.
    Universities, private organizations, public organizations, and associations are encouraged to develop for providers who treat persons with autism spectrum disorders continuing education courses which address training in evaluation, diagnosis, and treatments for co-occurring and otherwise diagnosed pathophysiological conditions in autism spectrum disorders to promote and align standard of care practices to reflect emerging clinical findings and promising practices derived from improved patient outcomes.
(Source: P.A. 99-788, eff. 8-12-16.)

410 ILCS 150/20

    (410 ILCS 150/20)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on August 12, 2021)
    Sec. 20. Treatment or service of persons with an autism spectrum disorder. Providers are strongly encouraged to evaluate persons diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder for co-occurring or otherwise diagnosed medical conditions when clinical symptomatology is present or suspected and prescribe appropriate treatments or services in alignment with care practices for the condition, illness, injury, disease, or disability. Providers may consider, without limitation, whether or not a medication or any ingredient, allergen, potential toxicant, or artificial agent may exacerbate clinical symptomatology of autism spectrum disorder or a related or co-occurring or otherwise diagnosed medical condition and, if so, may consider adopting measures that would result in the reduction or elimination of risk to the patient.
(Source: P.A. 99-788, eff. 8-12-16.)

410 ILCS 150/25

    (410 ILCS 150/25)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on August 12, 2021)
    Sec. 25. Complaints. Any person with an autism spectrum disorder, or the person's parent or legal guardian on his or her behalf, who believes they have not received an appropriate medical assessment, evaluation, diagnosis, service or treatment from a provider because he or she is also diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder may report the incident to the Department.
(Source: P.A. 99-788, eff. 8-12-16.)

410 ILCS 150/30

    (410 ILCS 150/30)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on August 12, 2021)
    Sec. 30. Right to seek new care. A person with an autism spectrum disorder, or the person's parent or legal guardian on his or her behalf, retains the right to seek further medical opinions or care from other providers.
    A parent or legal guardian shall not be threatened with loss of parental or legal guardianship rights for a person with autism spectrum disorder for pursuing additional medical expertise, especially in the case of trying to ascertain appropriate identification and diagnosis of underlying or co-occurring medical conditions that may or may not be exacerbating symptoms primarily associated with an autism spectrum disorder. This Section does not abrogate or restrict any responsibilities set forth under the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act.
    Any person diagnosed as having an autism spectrum disorder or his or her parent or legal guardian shall not be denied the right to pursue appropriate and available medical interventions or treatments that may help to ameliorate or improve the symptoms primarily associated with an autism spectrum disorder or co-occurring or otherwise diagnosed medical condition.
    Any person diagnosed as having an autism spectrum disorder or his or her parent or legal guardian shall not be denied the right to decline a medical treatment or intervention.
(Source: P.A. 99-788, eff. 8-12-16.)

410 ILCS 150/35

    (410 ILCS 150/35)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on August 12, 2021)
    Sec. 35. Repeal. In order to consider the most innovative medical study and research involving autism and co-occurring medical conditions, this Act is repealed 5 years after the effective date of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 99-788, eff. 8-12-16.)

410 ILCS 150/90

    (410 ILCS 150/90)
    Sec. 90. (Amendatory provisions; text omitted).
(Source: P.A. 99-788, eff. 8-12-16; text omitted.)

410 ILCS 150/99

    (410 ILCS 150/99)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on August 12, 2021)
    Sec. 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon becoming law.
(Source: P.A. 99-788, eff. 8-12-16.)