Synopsis As Introduced Amends the Department of Public Health Powers and Duties Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Requires the Department to: (1) establish a program to heighten awareness and enhance knowledge and understanding of hepatitis C; (2) conduct a study examining both the current and future statuses of the disease in the State; (3) communicate to health care providers and employers the benefits of disease awareness and prevention; and (4) develop a prevention program to reduce the risk of transmission of hepatitis C. Provides that voluntary hepatitis C testing shall be established at facilities that provide voluntary HIV testing. Requires the Department to establish a voluntary hepatitis C counseling training course that includes information relating to the special needs of persons with positive hepatitis C test results, including the importance of early intervention and treatment and recognition of psychosocial needs. Effective immediately.
House Committee Amendment No. 1 Provides that the programs the Department of Public Health is required to develop concerning hepatitis C are subject to appropriation.