Synopsis As Introduced Amends the State Employees Group Insurance Act of 1971, the Counties Code, the Illinois Municipal Code, the School Code, the Illinois Insurance Code, the Health Maintenance Organization Act, the Limited Health Service Organization Act, and the Voluntary Health Services Plans Act. Provides that a policy of accident or health insurance or managed care plan shall establish and maintain an appeals procedure related to the denial of health care benefits. Sets forth guidelines for maintaining an appeals procedure, including an expedited process for an enrollee with an ongoing course of treatment ordered by a health care provider, the denial of which could significantly increase the risk to an enrollee's health, or a treatment referral, service, procedure, or other health care service, the denial of which could significantly increase the risk to an enrollee's health. Provides that if an initial appeal is denied by the policy or plan, an enrollee is entitled to seek external independent review of the decision made by the policy or plan. Sets forth guidelines and requirements for the external independent review process. Provides that nothing in the provision shall be construed to require a policy or plan to pay for a health care service not covered under the enrollee's certificate of coverage or policy. Provides that the Office of Consumer Health Insurance of the Division of Insurance of the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation shall adopt rules for the enforcement of the provision. Makes other changes.
House Committee Amendment No. 1 Provides that there is no rulemaking authority under the amendatory Act, but that the Governor may suggest rules by filing them with the General Assembly and requesting that the General Assembly authorize such rulemaking by law, enact the suggested rules into law, or take other appropriate action in the General Assembly's discretion.