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(410 ILCS 503/) Arthritis Quality of Life Initiative Act.

410 ILCS 503/1

    (410 ILCS 503/1)
    Sec. 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Arthritis Quality of Life Initiative Act.
(Source: P.A. 91-750, eff. 1-1-01.)

410 ILCS 503/5

    (410 ILCS 503/5)
    Sec. 5. Legislative findings. The General Assembly finds and declares that:
        (1) Arthritis is the most common, physically
disabling, and costly chronic disease in the United States; it affects 14.5% of the population or more than 40,000,000 Americans of all ages. One in every 7 people and one in every 3 families are affected by the disease.
        (2) Arthritis is the nation's number one disabling
disease and disables 7,000,000 Americans. It is one of the most common and disabling chronic conditions reported by women and far exceeds the reporting of hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, and breast, cervical, and ovarian cancers.
        (3) With an aggregate cost of about 1.1% of the gross
national product or an estimated $64,800,000,000 annually in medical expenses, lost wages, and associated economic losses, arthritis and other rheumatic diseases have a significant economic impact on the nation.
        (4) As the leading cause of industrial absenteeism
after the common cold, arthritis accounts nationally for 500,000,000 days of restricted activity and 27,000,000 days lost from work each year.
        (5) The federal Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention project that by the year 2020, the incidence of arthritis will increase by 59% in the State and throughout the country, affecting 20% of the population.
        (6) Programs and services presently are available
that can dramatically impact on early diagnosis and treatment as well as the quality of life of people with arthritis.
        (7) A mechanism for broader dissemination of these
programs and services aimed at prevention, information, and education is needed to help reduce the physical and emotional impact of arthritis and its associated health care and related costs.
(Source: P.A. 97-227, eff. 1-1-12.)

410 ILCS 503/10

    (410 ILCS 503/10)
    Sec. 10. Definitions. In this Act:
    "Arthritis" means any of the more than 130 types of arthritis and rheumatic diseases.
    "Department" means the Department of Public Health.
    "Director" means the Director of Public Health.
    "Initiative" means the arthritis quality of life initiative established pursuant to this Act.
(Source: P.A. 91-750, eff. 1-1-01.)

410 ILCS 503/15

    (410 ILCS 503/15)
    Sec. 15. Initiative.
    (a) Subject to appropriation for this purpose, the Director shall establish an arthritis quality of life initiative in the Department. The purpose of the initiative is to promote (i) public awareness about arthritis, (ii) options for prevention, (iii) the value of early diagnosis and treatment, and (iv) the delivery of programs and services aimed at prevention of complications and improvement of quality of life. The Department may accept, for the purpose of establishing the initiative, any special grant of money, services, or property from the federal government or any of its agencies or from the private sector, in addition to moneys provided by the State.
    (b) The initiative shall include the following:
        (1) Development of a list of providers of specialized
services for arthritis, including a cautionary statement about the current status of arthritis research, prevention, and treatment.
        (2) A public information and outreach campaign
including appropriate educational material to promote early diagnosis and treatment of arthritis and other rheumatic diseases.
(Source: P.A. 91-750, eff. 1-1-01.)

410 ILCS 503/30

    (410 ILCS 503/30)
    Sec. 30. Rules. The Department shall adopt rules necessary to implement this Act.
(Source: P.A. 91-750, eff. 1-1-01.)