March 26, 2021

This summary lists the bills that were reported passed by the Senate on March 25. More information about these bills is available at the Illinois General Assembly Web site at https://ilga.gov/ .

You can download the full summary here.

Bills that were reported passed by the Senate on March 25

Health Care, Human Services Reforms (HB 158): Omnibus healthcare and human services reform bill. Many of the provisions that call for spending increases are subject to funding availability or subject to appropriation.

Legislative highlights include:

  • Medicaid coverage for a new class of healthcare workers: Community Health Workers.
  • Medicaid coverage for doula and home-visiting services for the prenatal, pregnancy and 12-month postnatal periods.
  • $630 inpatient psychiatric rate per diem for psychiatric hospitals.
  • $50 million pool of funding for safety-net hospitals to maintain perinatal designation.
  • Requires implicit bias training for virtually every type of healthcare provider for license registration and renewals.
  • Good Samaritan Overdose Prevention language. Raises threshold of limited immunity for someone seeking emergency care for an overdose.
  • Creates the Underlying Causes of Crime and Violence Study Act to identify high-violence communities.
  • Creates the Sickle Cell Prevention, Care and Treatment Grant Program.
  • Creates the Medicaid Business Opportunity Commission to support women-owned businesses, minority-owned businesses, and businesses owned by persons with developmental disabilities.
  • Creates the Medicaid Managed Care Oversight Commission and authorizes it to impose financial penalties on managed care organizations.
  • Creates the Behavioral Health Workforce Education Center of Illinois Act to address the behavioral health workforce crisis and to coordinate a role for workforce, research and planning.

Voting Reforms (HB 1871): Permits the Illinois State Board of Elections to make remaining Help America Vote Act (HAVA) funds available to election authorities for the maintenance of secure collection sites for the return of absentee ballots. Permits election authorities to establish curb-side voting locations. They must designate at least two judges from opposite parties per vehicle. The voter must be able to mark the ballot without interference from the election judges. Requires election authorities to accept any absentee ballot returned, even if it has insufficient or no postage. Election authorities with drop-off sites must collect all ballots at the close of business each day and note the date the ballot is received. Ballots dropped off after the close of business on Election Day shall be considered as having been received on Election Day.

Cannabis Taxes (HB 2415): Provides that if a county passed an ordinance imposing a recreational cannabis sales tax on or before Oct. 1, 2020, and filed a certified copy of the ordinance with the Illinois Department of Revenue on or before Nov. 1, 2020, the Illinois Department of Revenue will begin to collect the tax on May 1, 2021.