(55 ILCS 5/5-1069)
(from Ch. 34, par. 5-1069)
Group life, health, accident, hospital, and medical
(a) The county board of any county may arrange to provide, for
the benefit of employees of the county, group life, health, accident, hospital,
and medical insurance, or any one or any combination of those types of
insurance, or the county board may self-insure, for the benefit of its
employees, all or a portion of the employees' group life, health, accident,
hospital, and medical insurance, or any one or any combination of those
types of insurance, including a combination of self-insurance and other
types of insurance authorized by this Section, provided that the county
board complies with all other requirements of this Section. The insurance
may include provision for employees who rely on treatment by prayer or
spiritual means alone for healing in accordance with the tenets and
practice of a well recognized religious denomination. The county board may
provide for payment by the county of a portion or all of the premium or
charge for the insurance with the employee paying the balance of the
premium or charge, if any. If the county board undertakes a plan under
which the county pays only a portion of the premium or charge, the county
board shall provide for withholding and deducting from the compensation of
those employees who consent to join the plan the balance of the premium or
charge for the insurance.
(b) If the county board does not provide for self-insurance or for a plan
under which the county pays a portion or all of the premium or charge for a
group insurance plan, the county board may provide for withholding and
deducting from the compensation of those employees who consent thereto the
total premium or charge for any group life, health, accident, hospital, and
(c) The county board may exercise the powers granted in this Section only if
it provides for self-insurance or, where it makes arrangements to provide
group insurance through an insurance carrier, if the kinds of group
insurance are obtained from an insurance company authorized to do business
in the State of Illinois. The county board may enact an ordinance
prescribing the method of operation of the insurance program.
(d) If a county, including a home rule county, is a self-insurer for
purposes of providing health insurance coverage for its employees, the
insurance coverage shall include screening by low-dose mammography for all
women 35 years of age or older for the presence of occult breast cancer
unless the county elects to provide mammograms itself under Section
5-1069.1. The coverage shall be as follows:
(1) A baseline mammogram for women 35 to 39 years of
(2) An annual mammogram for women 40 years of age or
(3) A mammogram at the age and intervals considered
medically necessary by the woman's health care provider for women under 40 years of age and having a family history of breast cancer, prior personal history of breast cancer, positive genetic testing, or other risk factors.
(4) For a group policy of accident and health
insurance that is amended, delivered, issued, or renewed on or after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 101st General Assembly, a comprehensive ultrasound screening of an entire breast or breasts if a mammogram demonstrates heterogeneous or dense breast tissue or when medically necessary as determined by a physician licensed to practice medicine in all of its branches, advanced practice registered nurse, or physician assistant.
(5) For a group policy of accident and health
insurance that is amended, delivered, issued, or renewed on or after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 101st General Assembly, a diagnostic mammogram when medically necessary, as determined by a physician licensed to practice medicine in all its branches, advanced practice registered nurse, or physician assistant.
A policy subject to this subsection shall not impose a deductible, coinsurance, copayment, or any other cost-sharing requirement on the coverage provided; except that this sentence does not apply to coverage of diagnostic mammograms to the extent such coverage would disqualify a high-deductible health plan from eligibility for a health savings account pursuant to Section 223 of the Internal Revenue Code (26 U.S.C. 223).
For purposes of this subsection:
mammogram" means a mammogram obtained using diagnostic mammography.
mammography" means a method of screening that is designed to
evaluate an abnormality in a breast, including an abnormality seen
or suspected on a screening mammogram or a subjective or objective
abnormality otherwise detected in the breast.
means the x-ray examination of the breast using equipment dedicated
specifically for mammography, including the x-ray tube, filter, compression
device, and image receptor, with an average radiation exposure
delivery of less than one rad per breast for 2 views of an average size breast. The term also includes digital mammography.
(d-5) Coverage as described by subsection (d) shall be provided at no cost to the insured and shall not be applied to an annual or lifetime maximum benefit.
(d-10) When health care services are available through contracted providers and a person does not comply with plan provisions specific to the use of contracted providers, the requirements of subsection (d-5) are not applicable. When a person does not comply with plan provisions specific to the use of contracted providers, plan provisions specific to the use of non-contracted providers must be applied without distinction for coverage required by this Section and shall be at least as favorable as for other radiological examinations covered by the policy or contract.
(d-15) If a county, including a home rule county, is a self-insurer for purposes of providing health insurance coverage for its employees, the insurance coverage shall include mastectomy coverage, which includes coverage for prosthetic devices or reconstructive surgery incident to the mastectomy. Coverage for breast reconstruction in connection with a mastectomy shall include:
(1) reconstruction of the breast upon which the
mastectomy has been performed;
(2) surgery and reconstruction of the other breast to
produce a symmetrical appearance; and
(3) prostheses and treatment for physical
complications at all stages of mastectomy, including lymphedemas.
Care shall be determined in consultation with the attending physician and the patient. The offered coverage for prosthetic devices and reconstructive surgery shall be subject to the deductible and coinsurance conditions applied to the mastectomy, and all other terms and conditions applicable to other benefits. When a mastectomy is performed and there is no evidence of malignancy then the offered coverage may be limited to the provision of prosthetic devices and reconstructive surgery to within 2 years after the date of the mastectomy. As used in this Section, "mastectomy" means the removal of all or part of the breast for medically necessary reasons, as determined by a licensed physician.
A county, including a home rule county, that is a self-insurer for purposes of providing health insurance coverage for its employees, may not penalize or reduce or limit the reimbursement of an attending provider or provide incentives (monetary or otherwise) to an attending provider to induce the provider to provide care to an insured in a manner inconsistent with this Section.
requirement that mammograms be included in health insurance coverage as
provided in subsections (d) through (d-15) is an exclusive power and function of the
State and is a denial and limitation under Article VII, Section 6,
subsection (h) of the Illinois Constitution of home rule county powers. A
home rule county to which subsections (d) through (d-15) apply must comply with every
provision of those subsections.
(e) The term "employees" as used in this Section includes elected or
appointed officials but does not include temporary employees.
(f) The county board may, by ordinance, arrange to provide group life,
health, accident, hospital, and medical insurance, or any one or a combination
of those types of insurance, under this Section to retired former employees and
retired former elected or appointed officials of the county.
(g) Rulemaking authority to implement this amendatory Act of the 95th General Assembly, if any, is conditioned on the rules being adopted in accordance with all provisions of the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act and all rules and procedures of the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules; any purported rule not so adopted, for whatever reason, is unauthorized.
(Source: P.A. 100-513, eff. 1-1-18; 101-580, eff. 1-1-20