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 1                    AMENDMENT TO SENATE BILL 306

 2        AMENDMENT NO.     .  Amend Senate Bill 306,  AS  AMENDED,
 3    by  replacing  everything  after the enacting clause with the
 4    following:

 5        "Section 5.  The Illinois Public Aid Code is  amended  by
 6    adding Section 5-5.23 as follows:

 7        (305 ILCS 5/5-5.23 new)
 8        Sec. 5-5.23.  Prenatal and perinatal care. The Department
 9    of  Public  Aid  may provide reimbursement under this Article
10    for all prenatal and perinatal health care services that  are
11    provided   for  the  purpose  of  preventing  low-birthweight
12    infants,  reducing  the  need  for  neonatal  intensive  care
13    hospital services, and promoting  perinatal  health.    These
14    services  may  include  comprehensive  risk  assessments  for
15    pregnant  women,  women  with infants, and infants, lactation
16    counseling,   nutrition   counseling,   childbirth   support,
17    psychosocial  counseling,   treatment   and   prevention   of
18    periodontal  disease,  and  other  support services that have
19    been proven to improve birth outcomes. The  Department  shall
20    maximize  the use of preventive prenatal and perinatal health
21    care services consistent with federal  statutes,  rules,  and
22    regulations. The Department shall develop a plan for prenatal
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 1    and  perinatal  preventive  health care and shall present the
 2    plan to the General Assembly by January 1, 2004. On or before
 3    January 1, 2006 and every 2 years thereafter, the  Department
 4    shall   report   to   the  General  Assembly  concerning  the
 5    effectiveness of prenatal and perinatal health care  services
 6    reimbursed  under  this Section in preventing low-birthweight
 7    infants and reducing the need  for  neonatal  intensive  care
 8    hospital   services.   Each  such  report  shall  include  an
 9    evaluation of how the  ratio  of  expenditures  for  treating
10    low-birthweight  infants  compared  with  the  investment  in
11    promoting healthy births and infants in local community areas
12    throughout  Illinois relates to healthy infant development in
13    those areas.

14        Section 99.  Effective date.  This Act takes effect  upon
15    becoming law.".