Synopsis As Introduced Amends the Department of Public Health Powers and Duties Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Requires the Department of Public Health to establish a 3-year pilot program for the Chicago school district in which the Department shall require an electrocardiogram (EKG) test as part of the health examination that student athletes are required to undergo. Requires the Department and the State Board of Education to develop and post on their publicly accessible Internet websites guidelines and other relevant materials to inform and educate students participating in or desiring to participate in an athletic activity, their parents, and their coaches about the nature and warning signs of sudden cardiac arrest. Sets forth provisions concerning a sudden cardiac arrest symptoms and warning signs information sheet, informational meetings regarding the symptoms and warning signs of sudden cardiac arrest, and a sudden cardiac arrest training course. Provides that (i) a public school student who exhibits signs or symptoms of sudden cardiac arrest while participating in an athletic activity must be removed by the coach from participation at that time, (ii) if a student is known to have exhibited signs or symptoms of sudden cardiac arrest at any time prior to or following an athletic activity, the student must be prevented from participating in an athletic activity, and (iii) a student removed or prevented from participating in an athletic activity shall not return to participation until the student is evaluated and cleared for return to participation in writing by a physician licensed to practice medicine in all of its branches, certified nurse practitioner, or cardiologist; sets forth penalties.
State Mandates Fiscal Note (Dept. of Commerce & Economic Opportunity)
This bill does not create a State mandate.
Fiscal Note (Dept. of Public Health)
The fiscal impact on the Illinois Department of Public Health for implementing the provisions of HB 127 would be primarily related to staff time to establish the pilot program and the development of guidelines, training materials, and the review and approval of a provider for the sudden cardiac arrest training course required for all coaches annually. The estimated staff time allocation would be 1/2 FTE or approximately $75,000 annually. An additional $10,000 is estimated to collect and analyze data from the pilot program. The bill does not provide any funding resources for implementation of the pilot program by the Department or by the Illinois State Board of Education. The Department does not currently have staff or fiscal resources to implement the proposed pilot program.