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Full Text of SB3524  98th General Assembly




State of Illinois
2013 and 2014


Introduced 2/14/2014, by Sen. Mattie Hunter


New Act

    Creates the Sugar-Sweetened Beverages, Syrups, and Powder Tax Law. Imposes a tax on distributors of bottled sugar-sweetened beverages, syrups, or powders. Provides that the tax is imposed at the rate of $0.01 per ounce of bottled sugar-sweetened beverages sold or offered for sale to a retailer for sale in the State to a consumer. Provides that the distributor shall add the amount of the tax to the price of sugar-sweetened beverages sold to a retailer, and the retailer shall pass the amount of the tax through to the consumer. Requires those distributors to obtain permits. Contains provisions concerning the distribution of the proceeds. Effective January 1, 2015.

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1    AN ACT concerning revenue.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the
5Sugar-Sweetened Beverages, Syrups, and Powder Tax Law.
6    Section 5. Findings and purpose. The General Assembly finds
8    Over the past 30 years, the obesity rate in the United
9States has substantially increased. The prevalence of adult
10obesity has more than doubled during that time. According to
11statistics compiled by the Centers for Disease Control, nearly
1228% of Illinois' adult residents in 2012 were considered obese
13(body mass index (BMI) of 30 and above) and the rate was even
14higher among African American (40.5%) and Hispanic (31.2%)
16    For children, the increase in obesity has been even more
17dramatic, with the obesity rate among children ages 6-11 more
18than quadrupling over the last four decades. The State of
19Illinois is not immune to the problem. 21% of Illinois children
20(age 0-17 years) are obese, the fourth worst rate in the
22    Obese children are at least twice as likely as non-obese
23children to become obese adults. Research indicates that the



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1likelihood of an obese child becoming an obese adult increases
2with age; adolescents who are obese have a greater likelihood
3of being obese in adulthood, as compared to younger children.
4    The obesity epidemic has led to a dramatic increase in
5obesity-related health conditions, such as type 2 diabetes,
6asthma, and heart disease. These health conditions costs the
7nation billions of dollars in health care costs and lost
8productivity. Overweight and obesity account for $147 billion
9in health care costs nationally, or 9 percent of all medical
10spending, per year. Obesity-related annual medical
11expenditures in the State of Illinois are estimated at $3.4
12billion in 2003 dollars. Almost 60% of these costs are paid by
13public funds through Medicare and Medicaid.
14    Numerous studies have established a link between obesity
15and consumption of sweetened beverages such as soft drinks,
16energy drinks, sweet teas and sports drinks. One meta-analysis
17of eight studies examining the role of sugar-sweetened beverage
18consumption on health found that consumption was significantly
19associated with type 2 diabetes based on over 15,000 reported
20cases of this condition. Some studies have shown increased risk
21for heart disease independent of weight status, suggesting that
22sugar-sweetened beverages are unhealthy even for people who
23otherwise maintain a normal weight.
24    Sugar-sweetened beverages are the number one source of
25added sugar in the American diet (46% of added sugars). A study
26of a five-year period between 1999 and 2004 showed that



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1children and adolescents consumed 10-15% of their daily caloric
2intake from sweetened beverages, which offer little or no
3nutritional value and massive quantities of added sugars. For
4example, a single 12-ounce can of soda contains the equivalent
5of approximately 10 teaspoons of sugar; the American Heart
6Association recommends that women consume no more than 6
7teaspoons of added sugar per day, men consume no more than 9
8teaspoons of added sugar per day, and children consume no more
9than 4 teaspoons of added sugar a day.
10    A study found that a penny-per-ounce excise tax on
11sugar-sweetened beverages in Illinois would result in a 23.5
12percent reduction in sugar-sweetened beverage consumption,
13185,127 fewer obese Illinoisans (a 9.3% reduction in youth
14obesity and 5.2% reduction in adult obesity), 3,442 fewer
15incidences of diabetes, and a $150.8 million reduction in
16obesity-related healthcare costs.
17    It is the intent of the Legislature, by adopting the
18Sugar-Sweetened Beverages, Syrups and Powder Tax Law, creating
19the Illinois Wellness Fund, and providing targeted prevention
20and additional health care funding to Medicaid, to diminish the
21human and economic costs of obesity in the State of Illinois.
22This Act is intended to discourage excessive consumption of
23Sugar-Sweetened Beverages by increasing the price of these
24products and by creating a dedicated revenue source for
25programs designed to prevent and treat obesity and for the
26state Medicaid program to reduce the burden of related health



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2    Section 10. Definitions. For purposes of this Act:
3    "Advisory Board" means the Board established under Section
5    "Bottle" means any closed or sealed container regardless of
6size or shape, including, without limitation, those made of
7glass, metal, paper, plastic, or any other material or
8combination of materials.
9    "Bottled sugar-sweetened beverage" means any
10sugar-sweetened beverage contained in a bottle that is ready
11for consumption without further processing such as, without
12limitation, dilution or carbonation.
13    "Caloric sweetener" means any caloric substance suitable
14for human consumption that humans perceive as sweet and
15includes, without limitation, sucrose, fructose, glucose, or
16other sugars. "Caloric sweetener" excludes non-caloric
17sweeteners. For purposes of this definition, "caloric" means a
18substance which adds calories to the diet of a person who
19consumes that substance.
20    "Consumer" means a person who purchases a sugar-sweetened
21beverage for consumption and not for sale to another.
22    "Council" means the Council of State Agencies established
23under Section 70.
24    "Department" means the Department of Revenue.
25    "Distributor" means any person, including manufacturers



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1and wholesale dealers, who receives, stores, manufactures,
2bottles, or distributes bottled sugar-sweetened beverages,
3syrup, or powder, for sale to retailers doing business in the
4State, whether or not that person also sells such products to
6    "Fund" means the Illinois Wellness Fund.
7    "Non-caloric sweetener" means any non-caloric substance
8suitable for human consumption that humans perceive as sweet
9and includes, without limitation, aspartame, saccharin,
10stevia, and sucralose. "Non-caloric sweetener" excludes
11caloric sweeteners. For purposes of this definition,
12"non-caloric" means a substance that contains fewer than 5
13calories per serving.
14    "Person" means any natural person, partnership,
15cooperative association, limited liability company,
16corporation, personal representative, receiver, trustee,
17assignee, or any other legal entity.
18    "Place of business" means any place where sugar-sweetened
19beverages, syrups, or powder are manufactured or received for
20sale in the state.
21    "Powder" means any solid mixture of ingredients used in
22making, mixing, or compounding sugar-sweetened beverages by
23mixing the powder with any one or more other ingredients,
24including without limitation water, ice, syrup, simple syrup,
25fruits, vegetables, fruit juice, vegetable juice, carbonation
26or other gas.



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1    "Retailer" means any person who sells or otherwise
2dispenses in the State a sugar-sweetened beverage to a consumer
3whether or not that person is also a distributor as defined in
4this Section.
5    "Sale" means the transfer of title or possession for
6valuable consideration regardless of the manner by which the
7transfer is completed.
8    "State" means the State of Illinois.
9    "Sugar-sweetened beverage" means any nonalcoholic
10beverage, carbonated or noncarbonated, which is intended for
11human consumption and contains any added caloric sweetener. As
12used in this definition, "nonalcoholic beverage" means any
13beverage that contains less than one-half of one percent
14alcohol per volume. The term "sugar-sweetened beverage" does
15not include:
16        (1) beverages sweetened solely with non-caloric
17    sweeteners;
18        (2) beverages consisting of 100% natural fruit or
19    vegetable juice with no added caloric sweetener; for
20    purposes of this paragraph, "natural fruit juice" and
21    "natural vegetable juice" mean the original liquid
22    resulting from the pressing of fruits or vegetables, or the
23    liquid resulting from the dilution of dehydrated natural
24    fruit juice or natural vegetable juice;
25        (3) beverages in which milk, or soy, rice, or similar
26    milk substitute, is the primary ingredient or the first



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1    listed ingredient on the label of the beverage; for
2    purposes of this Act, "milk" means natural liquid milk
3    regardless of animal or plant source or butterfat content;
4    natural milk concentrate, whether or not reconstituted; or
5    dehydrated natural milk, whether or not reconstituted;
6        (4) coffee or tea without added caloric sweetener;
7        (5) infant formula;
8        (6) medically necessary foods, as defined in the
9    federal Orphan Drug Act; and
10        (7) water without any caloric sweeteners.
11    "Syrup" means a liquid mixture of ingredients used in
12making, mixing, or compounding sugar-sweetened beverages using
13one or more other ingredients including, without limitation,
14water, ice, a powder, simple syrup, fruits, vegetables, fruit
15juice, vegetable juice, carbonation, or other gas.
16    Section 15. Permit required.
17    (a) Every distributor doing business in the State shall
18file with the Department an application for a permit to engage
19in such business, for each place of business owned and operated
20by the distributor before the sooner of January 1, 2015 or a
21distributor's first acts which constitute the doing of business
22in the State. An application for a permit shall be filed on
23forms to be furnished by the Department for that purpose. An
24application must be subscribed and sworn to by a person with
25legal authority to bind the business. The application shall



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1identify the owners of the applicant, the applicant's mailing
2address, the place of business to which the permit shall apply,
3and the nature of the business in which engaged, and any other
4information the Department may require for the enforcement of
5this Act.
6    (b) Upon receipt of an application and any permit fee
7hereafter provided for, the Department may issue to the
8applicant, for the place of business designated, a
9non-assignable permit, authorizing the sale of sugar-sweetened
10beverages, syrups, and powder in the State. No distributor
11shall sell any sugar-sweetened beverage, syrup, or powder
12without first obtaining a permit to do so under this Act.
13Permits issued pursuant to this Section shall expire on January
1431 of each year and may be renewed annually.
15    (c) A permit may not be transferred from one person to
16another, and a permit shall at all times be prominently
17displayed in a distributor's place of business. The Department
18may refuse to issue a permit to any Person previously convicted
19of violations of this Act under such procedures as the
20Department may establish by regulation.
21    Section 20. Tax imposed.
22    (a) There is hereby imposed an excise tax on every
23distributor for the privilege of selling the products governed
24by this Act in the State, calculated as follows:
25        (1) $0.01 per ounce of bottled sugar-sweetened



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1    beverages sold or offered for sale to a retailer for sale
2    in the State to a consumer.
3        (2) The tax on syrup and powder sold or offered for
4    sale to a retailer for sale in the State to a consumer,
5    either as syrup or powder or as a sugar-sweetened beverage
6    derived from that syrup or powder, is equal to $0.01 per
7    ounce for each ounce of sugar-sweetened beverage produced
8    from that syrup or powder; for purposes of calculating the
9    tax, the volume of sugar-sweetened beverage produced from
10    syrup or powder shall be the larger of (i) the largest
11    volume resulting from use of the syrup or powder according
12    to any manufacturer's instructions or (ii) the volume
13    actually produced by the retailer, as reasonably
14    determined by the Department.
15        (3) The tax amounts set forth in this Section shall be
16    adjusted annually by the Department in proportion with the
17    Consumer Price Index: All Urban Consumers for All Items for
18    the Midwest Statistical Area, as reported by the United
19    States Bureau of Labor Statistics or any successor to that
20    index.
21    (b) A retailer that sells bottled sugar-sweetened
22beverages, syrups, or powders in the State to a consumer, on
23which the tax imposed by this Section has not been paid by a
24distributor, is liable for the tax imposed in subsection (a) at
25the time of sale to a consumer.



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1    Section 25. Pass-through of the tax. A distributor shall
2add the amount of taxes levied by this Act to the price of
3sugar-sweetened beverages sold to a retailer, and the retailer
4shall pass the amount of the tax through to the consumer as a
5component of the final retail purchase price. The amount of the
6taxes may be stated separately on all invoices, signs, sales or
7delivery slips, bills, and statements that advertise or
8indicate the price of those beverages.
9    Section 30. Report of sales and tax remittances.
10    (a) Any distributor or retailer liable for the tax imposed
11by this Act shall, on or before the last day of March, June,
12October and December of each year, return to the Department
13under oath of a person with legal authority to bind the
14distributor or retailer, a statement containing its name and
15place of business, the quantity of sugar-sweetened beverages,
16syrup, and powder subject to the excise tax imposed by this Act
17sold or offered for sale in the 3 months immediately preceding
18the month in which the report is due, and any other information
19required by the Department, along with the tax due.
20    (b) The State Treasurer shall credit the proceeds of the
21tax to the Illinois Wellness Fund and to the Illinois Medicaid
22program, as described in Section 65.
23    Section 35. Records of distributors. Every distributor and
24every retailer subject to this Act shall maintain for not less



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1than 2 years accurate records, showing all transactions that
2gave rise, or may have given rise, to tax liability under this
3Act. Such records are subject to inspection by the Department
4at all reasonable times during normal business hours.
5    Section 40. Exemptions. The following shall be exempt from
6the tax imposed by Section 20:
7        (1) Bottled sugar-sweetened beverages, syrups, and
8    powder sold to the United States Government and American
9    Indian Tribal Governments.
10        (2) Bottled sugar-sweetened beverages, syrups, and
11    powder sold by a distributor to another distributor that
12    holds a permit issued under Section 15, if the sales
13    invoice clearly indicates that the sale is exempt. If the
14    sale is to a person who is both a distributor and a
15    retailer, the sale shall also be tax exempt and the tax
16    shall be paid when the purchasing distributor-retailer
17    resells the product to a retailer or a consumer. This
18    exemption does not apply to any other sale to a retailer.
19    Section 45. Penalties.
20    (a) Any distributor, retailer, or other person subject to
21the provisions of this Act who fails to pay the entire amount
22of tax imposed by this Act by the date that payment is due,
23fails to submit a report or maintain records required by this
24Act, does business in the State of Illinois without first



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1obtaining a permit as required by this Act, or violates any
2other provision of this Act, or rules and regulations adopted
3by the Department for the enforcement of this Act, shall be
4guilty of a misdemeanor and shall also be liable for the
5penalties set forth and incorporated by reference into this
7    (b) Incorporation by reference. All of the provisions of
8Sections 4, 5, 5a, 5b, 5c, 5d, 5e, 5f, 5g, 5h, 5i, 5j, 6, 6a,
96b, 6c, 8, 9, 10, 11, 11a, and 12 of the Retailers' Occupation
10Tax Act, and all applicable provisions of the Uniform Penalty
11and Interest Act that are not inconsistent with this Act, apply
12to Distributors of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages to the same extent
13as if those provisions were included in this Act. References in
14the incorporated sections of the Retailers' Occupation Tax Act
15to retailers, to sellers, or to persons engaged in the business
16of selling tangible personal property mean Distributors and/or
17Retailers when used in this Act. References in the incorporated
18sections to sales of tangible personal property mean sales of
19Sugar-Sweetened Beverages, Syrups, and/or Powder when used in
20this Act.
21    (c) In addition to any other penalty authorized by law, a
22permit issued pursuant to Section 15 shall be suspended or
23revoked if any court of competent jurisdiction determines, or
24the Department finds based on a preponderance of the evidence,
25after the permittee is afforded notice and an opportunity to be
26heard, that the permittee, or any of the permittee's agents or



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1employees, has violated any of the requirements, conditions, or
2prohibitions of this chapter.
3        (1) For a first violation of this Act within any
4    60-month period, the permit shall be suspended for 30 days.
5        (2) For a second violation of this Act within any
6    60-month period, the permit shall be suspended for 90 days.
7        (3) For a third violation of this Act within any
8    60-month period, the permit shall be suspended for one
9    year.
10        (4) For a fourth or subsequent violation of this Act
11    within any 60-month period, the license shall be revoked.
12    (d) A decision of the Department under this Section is a
13final administrative decision and is subject to review under
14the Administrative Review Law.
15    Section 50. Unpaid taxes a debt. All taxes and penalties
16imposed under the provisions of this Act remaining due and
17unpaid shall constitute a debt to the State, which may be
18collected from the person owing same by suit or otherwise.
19    Section 55. Records of Department. At the end of each
20month, the State Auditor General shall check the books and
21records of the Department and its accounts with any bank or
22banks, and shall verify the amounts collected pursuant to this
23Act and paid into the Illinois Wellness Fund. Any duty herein
24required of the State Auditor General may be performed by any



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1duly trained clerk in his office, designated by the State
2Auditor General for that purpose.
3    Section 60. Revenue distribution and establishment of
4Illinois Wellness Fund. The Illinois Wellness Fund is hereby
5created as a special fund in the State treasury. Fifty percent
6of the moneys collected pursuant to the taxes imposed by
7Section 20 and all interest on those moneys, shall be paid into
8the Illinois Wellness Fund. The remaining 50% of the moneys
9collected pursuant to the taxes imposed by Section 20 and all
10interest on those moneys, shall be paid to the Illinois
11Medicaid program. All costs to implement this Act shall be paid
12for prior to distribution of the funds to the Illinois Wellness
13Fund and Medicaid program.
14    Section 65. Governance and expenditure of Illinois
15Wellness Fund.
16    (a) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (b), all
17moneys in the Illinois Wellness Fund shall be used as follows:
18        (1) Up to 4% of the moneys collected into the Fund each
19    year shall be dedicated to administration of the Fund by
20    the Office of the Governor, with administrative support
21    from the Illinois Department of Public Health, State Board
22    of Education, and the Governance Board.
23        (2) At least 3% but not more than 5% of the moneys
24    collected into the Fund shall be dedicated to evaluation of



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1    the impact of the Act on the health and wellness of
2    Illinoisans. Evaluation of the Act shall be conducted by an
3    independent evaluator selected by the Department of Public
4    Health in consultation with the Council and Advisory Board.
5    The evaluation shall encompass the impact of the Wellness
6    Fund and the effect of the tax on the consumption of
7    sugar-sweetened beverages. The evaluator shall report
8    annually to the Council of State Agencies and the Advisory
9    Board on the progress and results of the evaluation.
10        (3) At least 3% but not more than 5% of the moneys
11    collected into the Fund shall be dedicated to providing
12    technical assistance to and statewide coordination of
13    strategies and activities of recipients of funding from the
14    Fund.
15        (4) The remainder of the moneys in the Fund shall be
16    used for the following purposes:
17            (A) school health and wellness, including
18        increased consumption of healthy foods, increased
19        physical activity and physical education, increased
20        health education, improved health, mental health, oral
21        health, and social services in schools, and school
22        facility improvements that support health;
23            (B) public health leadership and infrastructure
24        for obesity and chronic disease prevention; this
25        funding shall support leadership, coordination,
26        technical assistance, quality improvement, and



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1        training for programs or coalitions led by health
2        departments, associations, or institutes that use
3        educational, environmental, policy, and other
4        evidence-based public health approaches that achieve
5        the following goals: eliminating racial, ethnic, and
6        socioeconomic disparities in obesity and chronic
7        diseases; improving access to and consumption of
8        healthy, safe, and affordable foods; reducing access
9        to and consumption of calorie-dense, nutrient-poor
10        foods; encouraging physical activity; decreasing
11        sedentary behavior; raising awareness about the
12        importance of nutrition and physical activity to
13        chronic disease prevention; supporting local food
14        systems production and distribution; supporting
15        clinical preventive services;
16            (C) oral health improvement, including increased
17        access to oral health education, dental sealants for
18        children, and use of community prevention and health
19        education strategies that reduce risk factors for oral
20        and pharyngeal cancers;
21            (D) community nutrition and access to healthy
22        foods, including nutrition education, healthy cooking
23        programs, healthy vending, healthy food procurement,
24        education regarding shopping for healthy foods, and
25        increasing access to healthy foods;
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1        active transportation, community walkability and
2        bike-ability initiatives, multi-use trails, joint-use
3        agreements, safe routes to schools, educational
4        programs that promote physical activity, environmental
5        changes that increase physical activity;
6            (F) worksite wellness, including promotion of
7        nutrition, physical activity and preventive services
8        in worksites, workplace policies and environmental
9        changes that support employee wellness;
10            (G) local food systems, including promotion of
11        access to and consumption of local foods,
12        farm-to-school and farm-to-institution programs,
13        healthy food procurement, community gardens, , urban
14        agriculture projects, community-supported agriculture
15        programs, farmers markets, food hubs, beginning farmer
16        training programs, and farm stands;
17            (H) regional public health hubs as described in the
18        Illinois Alliance for Health State Healthcare
19        Innovations Plan.
20    (b) In the first year after the Fund is established, the
21allocation shall be as follows:
22        (1) 10% for administration, evaluation and technical
23    support of the Fund, as provided in item (1) of subsection
24    (a);
25        (2) 20% for school health and wellness;
26        (3) 20% for public health leadership and



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1    infrastructure for obesity and chronic disease prevention;
2        (4) 10% for oral health;
3        (5) 10% for community nutrition and access to healthy
4    foods;
5        (6) 10% for physical activity in communities;
6        (7) 10% for local food systems;
7        (8) 5% for worksite wellness; and
8        (9) 5% for regional health hubs.
9    (c) All moneys in the Illinois Wellness Fund shall be
10expended only for the purposes expressed in this Act and shall
11be used only to supplement existing levels of service and not
12to supplant current federal, State, or local funding for
13existing levels of services as provided in fiscal year 2014.
14Entities that are eligible to receive moneys from the Fund
16        (1) local, regional, and State governments or
17    governmental departments;
18        (2) non-profit organizations;
19        (3) school districts and schools;
20        (4) federally Qualified Health Centers, community
21    health centers, and organizations which operate a
22    school-based health center certified by the Illinois
23    Department of Public Health;
24        (5) hospitals;
25        (6) Illinois farms producing primarily fruits,
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1    Illinois residents; and
2        (7) policy, research, or training institutes or
3    centers.
4    Section 70. Illinois Wellness Fund; governance;
5    (a) The Illinois Wellness Fund shall be governed by a
6Council of State Agencies with input from a multi-sector
7Advisory Board. The Council of State Agencies shall be
8comprised of one representative from each of the following
9Departments: the Department of Public Health, the Department of
10Human Services, State Board of Education, the Department on
11Aging, the Department of Transportation, and the Department of
13    (b) The Council's functions shall include:
14        (1) distribution of the Illinois Wellness Fund monies
15    to eligible entities each year, including:
16            (A) allocation of funds for staff and resources to
17        State agencies responsible for administering the
18        Wellness Fund, including a Health in All Policies
19        Coordinator to support the Council of State Agencies
20        and Advisory Board;
21            (B) selection of and allocation to eligible
22        entities, including organizations, associations, and
23        universities, that provide technical assistance to
24        request for proposal grantees and evaluation of the
25        impact of the Act;



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1            (C) distribution of one-half of the funds
2        allocated for public health leadership and
3        infrastructure under Section 70 directly to Local
4        Health Departments via an allocation formula developed
5        by the Department of Public Health for the purpose of
6        providing local coordination of Illinois Wellness Fund
7        grantees within their jurisdiction, if any, and for
8        local leadership of educational, environmental,
9        policy, and other evidence-based public health
10        approaches;
11            (D) distribution of the remaining funds to
12        eligible entities as recommended by the Advisory Board
13        based on a request for proposal process or processes;
14        and
15            (E) to advise on the selection of evaluators and
16        provide input on the evaluation design, goals, and
17        methods, at least annually receive and review a
18        progress report on the results of the evaluation.
19        (2) Submission of a report to the General Assembly
20    every 3 years on the allocation of the funds and summary
21    results of the impact evaluation of the wellness fund and
22    the tax.
23    Section 75. Expenditures for the Illinois Medicaid
24Program. Fifty percent of all moneys collected from the tax
25shall be paid to the Illinois Medicaid program into a Medicaid



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1Fund to include payment for the following services:
2        (1) restoring adult dental services and expand
3    services to include prevention services;
4        (2) providing payments for medical nutrition therapy,
5    care coordination, weight management programs, and other
6    multi-disciplinary obesity treatment programs for
7    overweight and obese patients, including coverage for
8    services from dieticians, social workers, psychologists,
9    and pharmacists;
10        (3) pilot program to cover community-based physical
11    activity and nutrition programs for obese children and
12    adults to change health behaviors (including, but not
13    limited to, cooking classes for obese patients, assistance
14    learning how to shop for healthy foods, participation in
15    the evidence-based Diabetes Prevention Program, Chronic
16    Disease Self-Management Program, and Diabetes
17    Self-Management Program);
18        (4) funding coverage for all US Preventive Services
19    Task Force A & B Recommendations; and
20        (5) supporting and expanding language access services
21    for Medicaid recipients.
22    Section 80. Rulemaking. The Department of Public Health,
23the State Board of Education, and the Department of Revenue may
24adopt rules to implement the provisions of this Act.



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1    Section 97. Severability. The provisions of this Act are
2severable under Section 1.31 of the Statute on Statutes.
3    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect January
41, 2015.