Synopsis As Introduced Amends the Illinois Public Aid Code, the Illinois Insurance Code, and other Acts. Provides that on and after July 1, 2008, screening and diagnostic mammography shall be reimbursed under the medical assistance program at the same rate as the Medicare program's rates, including the increased reimbursement for digital mammography. Requires the Department of Healthcare and Family Services to take certain actions in relation to breast cancer screening and treatment, including establishment of bonus payments to mammography facilities meeting certain standards, a rate methodology for certain providers, and a performance goal for primary care providers; also requires the Department to establish a case-management or patient-navigation pilot program. Provides that a group or individual policy of accident and health insurance or managed care plan that is amended, delivered, issued, or renewed after the effective date of this amendatory Act must provide coverage for all medically necessary pain medication and pain therapy related to the treatment of breast cancer on the same terms and conditions that are generally applicable to coverage for other conditions. Provides that mandatory insurance coverage relating to mammography shall be provided at no cost to the insured and shall not be subject to an annual or lifetime maximum benefit. Makes other changes in relation to mammography coverage, and makes these changes to the Illinois Insurance Code also applicable to the State Employees Group Insurance Act of 1971, the Health Maintenance Organization Act, and other Acts. Sets forth a statement of legislative intent and provides that the bill's provisions may be referred to as the Reducing Breast Cancer Disparities Act. Effective immediately.
House Committee Amendment No. 1 Replaces everything after the enacting clause with provisions substantially similar to those of House Bill 5192, amending the Illinois Public Aid Code, the Illinois Insurance Code, and other Acts, but with changes that include the following: (1) adds 2 items of required mammography coverage to provisions in the Illinois Public Aid Code, the Counties Code, and the Illinois Municipal Code to make these provisions consistent with those in the Illinois Insurance Code; and (2) makes changes in the definition of "low-dose mammography" and related provisions concerning mammography in the Illinois Public Aid Code, the Illinois Insurance Code, the Counties Code, the Illinois Municipal Code, and the Health Maintenance Organization Act to make these provisions uniform. Effective immediately.
House Committee Amendment No. 2 Provides that neither the Governor nor any agency or agency head under the jurisdiction of the Governor has any rulemaking authority under the amendatory Act, but that the Governor may suggest rules by filing them with the General Assembly and requesting that the General Assembly authorize such rulemaking by law, enact the suggested rules into law, or take other appropriate action in the General Assembly's discretion.