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Mandated Insurance Coverage – Serious Mental Illness and Substance Abuse Disorders

On August 24, 2017, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed legislation (H.B. 1332) amending the state’s Insurance Code. House Bill 1332 states that an insurer that provides coverage for hospital or medical expenses under an individual policy of accident and health insurance must also provide coverage for treatment of serious mental illness and substance use disorders, including eating disorders. The bill also expands the definition of “serious mental illness” to include certain eating disorders.

The law went into effect upon signing.

Read IL H.B. 1332

Human Rights Act Amended

On August 11, 2017, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed legislation (S.B. 1697) amending the Illinois Human Rights Act by adding additional religious discrimination protections. Under the law, it is a civil rights violation for an employer to impose as a condition of obtaining or retaining employment any term or condition that requires a person to violate or forgo a sincerely held practice of his or her religion including the wearing of any attire, clothing, or facial hair in accordance with the requirements of his or her religion. However, under the law, dress codes or grooming policies that include restrictions related to the maintenance of workplace safety or food sanitation are not prohibited.

The law became effective August 11, 2017.

Read IL S.B. 1697