Law Sets New Requirements Related to Billing for Sexual Assault Services
Governor Rauner signed HB 3848 into law in August. Now known as Public Act 99-0454, this new law, effective January 1, 2016, amends the Sexual Assault Survivors Emergency Treatment Act (SASETA) to clarify the prohibition on directly billing any sexual assault survivor; require hospitals to issue survivors a notice regarding billing and a payment authorization voucher; and require health care professionals who are not employed by a hospital or hospital affiliate and who bill separately to submit a billing protocol to the Office of the Illinois Attorney General.
The new requirements will affect emergency departments. The Illinois Hospital Assocation (IHA) has issued a memorandum for all hospitals to help them understand and comply with the new requirements.