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 1        AN ACT regarding health care accessibility.

 2        Be it enacted by the People of  the  State  of  Illinois,
 3    represented in the General Assembly:

 4        Section  5.   The  Counties  Code  is amended by changing
 5    Section 5-25001 as follows:

 6        (55 ILCS 5/5-25001) (from Ch. 34, par. 5-25001)
 7        Sec.  5-25001.    County   and   multiple-county   health
 8    departments. Any county or two or more adjacent counties may,
 9    by  resolution  of  the  county board or county boards of the
10    respective counties, as the case may be, or upon approval  by
11    referendum   as   hereinafter   provided  in  this  Division,
12    establish  and  maintain  a  full-time   health   department;
13    provided, that four or more counties must obtain the approval
14    of   the   State   Department   of  Public  Health  prior  to
15    establishing  a  multiple-county   health   department.   The
16    approval may be obtained upon application by the county board
17    of any county, containing such information as may be required
18    by  the  State  Department.  Approval shall be granted if the
19    State Department determines that  the  establishment  of  the
20    multiple-county  health department is essential to the health
21    requirements of the area affected.
22        A "consolidated health department" shall  mean  a  health
23    department which has resulted from the merging of two or more
24    adjacent    existing   county   or   multiple-county   health
25    departments, as provided in Section 5-25019.
26        A full-time health department  is  one  whose  personnel,
27    other than consultants and clinicians, devote their full time
28    during  regular,  standard working hours to health department
29    duties. Reference  hereinafter  made  to  health  departments
30    means   full-time   health   departments   unless   otherwise
31    specified.
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 1    (Source: P.A. 86-962.)

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