(215 ILCS 134/30)
(a) No health care plan or its subcontractors may prohibit or discourage
health care providers
by contract or policy from
discussing any health care services and health care providers, utilization
review and quality assurance policies, terms and conditions of plans and plan
policy with enrollees, prospective enrollees, providers, or the public.
(b) No health care plan by contract, written policy, or procedure may
permit or allow an individual or entity to dispense a different
drug in place of the drug or brand of drug ordered or prescribed without the
express permission of the person ordering or prescribing the drug, except as
provided under Section 3.14 of the Illinois Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.
(c) No health care plan or its subcontractors may by contract, written
policy, procedure, or otherwise mandate or require an enrollee
to substitute his or her participating primary care physician
under the plan during inpatient hospitalization, such as with a hospitalist physician licensed to practice medicine in all its branches,
without the agreement of that enrollee's
participating primary care physician. "Participating primary care
physician" for health care plans and subcontractors that do not require
coordination of care by a primary care physician means the participating
physician treating the patient. All health care plans shall inform enrollees
of any policies, recommendations, or guidelines concerning the
substitution of the enrollee's primary care physician when hospitalization is
necessary in the manner set forth in subsections (d) and (e) of Section 15.
(d) A health care plan shall apply any third-party payments, financial assistance, discount, product vouchers, or any other reduction in out-of-pocket expenses made by or on behalf of such insured for prescription drugs toward a covered individual's deductible, copay, or cost-sharing responsibility, or out-of-pocket maximum associated with the individual's health insurance.
(e) Any violation of this Section shall be subject to the
penalties under this Act.
(Source: P.A. 101-452, eff. 1-1-20