Synopsis As Introduced Amends the Military Code of Illinois. Provides that all members of the Illinois National Guard shall undergo pre-deployment and post-deployment testing for depleted uranium. Requires the Department of Military Affairs to cover the costs associated with such testing. Amends the Department of Veterans Affairs Act. Requires the Department of Veterans' Affairs to provide assistance to any resident of Illinois who served on active duty for any component of the U.S. Armed Forces, excluding the Illinois National Guard, who requests a pre-deployment or post-deployment test for depleted uranium. Effective June 30, 2017.
House Floor Amendment No. 1 Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the language of the introduced bill with the following changes: Provides that the Department of Veterans Affairs shall provide non-monetary assistance (currently, assistance) to any resident of Illinois who served in active duty in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, or Qatar (rather than any resident who served in active duty) with any component of the U.S. Armed Forces, including (rather than excluding) the Illinois National Guard, who requests a pre-deployment or post-deployment test for depleted uranium in accessing federal resources for pre-deployment and post-deployment testing for depleted uranium. Provides that the provisions in both the Military Code of Illinois and the Department of Veterans Affairs Act concerning pre-deployment and post-deployment testing for depleted uranium shall become inoperative on and after the effective date of specified federal legislation.
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Illinois Public Aid Code. Requires the Department of Healthcare and Family Services to establish, no later than January 1, 2018, a web-based portal to accept inquiries and requests for assistance from managed care organizations under contract with the State and providers under contract with managed care organizations to provide direct care. Expands the scope of Article V-F of the Code to include the Managed Long-Term Services and Support Program. In a provision concerning non-emergency prior approvals and appeals under the Medicare-Medicaid Alignment Initiative Demonstration Project, requires Managed Care Organizations to have a method of receiving prior approval requests 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year from (rather than for) nursing home residents, physicians, or providers (rather than nursing home residents). Provides that in a non-emergency situation, in the event a resident's physician orders a service, treatment, or test that is not approved by the managed care organization, the enrollee, physician, or provider may utilize an expedited appeal to the managed care organization (rather than the physician and the provider may utilize an expedited appeal to the managed care organization). Requires the managed care organization to notify all individuals who file an expedited appeal of the managed care organization's decision within 24 hours after receipt of all required information. Adds provisions concerning the payment of claims submitted by providers to managed care organizations. Requires the Department to work with stakeholders, including, but not limited to, managed care organizations and nursing home providers, to train them on the application of standardized codes for long-term care services. Requires managed care organizations to provide a manual clearly explaining billing and claims payment procedures, including points of contact for provider services centers, within 15 days of a provider entering into a contract with a managed care organization.