(305 ILCS 5/5-5.5a) (from Ch. 23, par. 5-5.5a)
    Sec. 5-5.5a. Kosher kitchen and food service.
    (a) The Department of Healthcare and Family Services may develop in its rate structure for nursing facilities an accommodation for fully kosher kitchen and food service operations, rabbinically approved or certified on an annual basis for a facility in which the only kitchen or all kitchens are fully kosher (a fully kosher facility). Beginning in the fiscal year after the fiscal year when this amendatory Act of 1990 becomes effective, the rate structure may provide for an additional payment to such facility not to exceed 50 cents per resident per day if 60% or more of the residents in the facility request kosher foods or food products prepared in accordance with Jewish religious dietary requirements for religious purposes in a fully kosher facility. Based upon food cost reports of the Illinois Department of Agriculture regarding kosher and non-kosher food available in the various regions of the State, this rate structure may be periodically adjusted by the Department but may not exceed the maximum authorized under this subsection (a).
    (b) The Department shall by rule determine how a facility with a fully kosher kitchen and food service may be determined to be eligible and apply for the rate accommodation specified in subsection (a).
(Source: P.A. 95-331, eff. 8-21-07; 96-1530, eff. 2-16-11.)