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Top 5 New Illinois Health Laws

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  • 1. Recognizing that some conditions respond better to therapeutic qualities of cannabis than traditional medication, the General Assembly passed legislation allowing patients suffering from certain specific conditions to use medical marijuana with their doctors’ permission. The Illinois Department of Public Health is in charge of setting up the system. Learn more. House Bill 1
  • 2. Under previous Illinois law, young people were allowed to tan with their parents’ permission. However, study after study has demonstrated that tanning – particularly during your formative years – greatly increases the risk of cancer. The new law prohibits all commercial tanning facilities from allowing people younger than 18 to tan unless they have a doctor’s prescription. Underage tanning in private homes is still allowed. House Bill 188
  • 3. However, schools still have the ability to opt out of sex ed all together, and parents can take their kids out of the classes if they find the content objectionable. Read more here. House Bill 2675
  • 4. If your insurance covers breast cancer treatment, it is required, BY LAW, to pay for breast reconstruction and prostheses. Starting this year, the Department of Public Health is charged with making sure you know about this important requirement. Read more here. HB 3175
  • 5. Starting this year, doctors are required to inform women if dense breast tissue shows up in a mammogram. Dense breast tissue makes it harder to detect potentially cancerous tumors, and you may want to seek additional screening tests. Read more here. SB 2314
  • 6. Read a complete list of health laws that took effect on January 1. Illinoissenatedemocrats.com