215 Ill. Comp. Stat. § 134/45.1. Medical exceptions procedures required: Managed Care Reform and Patient Rights Act – IllinoisStatus: Enacted
Year Enacted: 2014
Year Amended: 2018
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, on or after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 99th General Assembly, every insurer licensed in this State to sell a policy of group or individual accident and health insurance or a health benefits plan shall establish and maintain a medical exceptions process that allows covered persons or their authorized representatives to request any clinically appropriate prescription drug when (1) the drug is not covered based on the health benefit plan’s formulary; (2) the health benefit plan is discontinuing coverage of the drug on the plan’s formulary for reasons other than safety or other than because the prescription drug has been withdrawn from the market by the drug’s manufacturer; (3) the prescription drug alternatives required to be used in accordance with a step therapy requirement (A) has been ineffective in the treatment of the enrollee’s disease or medical condition or, based on both sound clinical evidence and medical and scientific evidence, the known relevant physical or mental characteristics of the enrollee, and the known characteristics of the drug regimen, is likely to be ineffective or adversely affect the drug’s effectiveness or patient compliance or (B) has caused or, based on sound medical evidence, is likely to cause an adverse reaction or harm to the enrollee; or (4) the number of doses available under a dose restriction for the prescription drug (A) has been ineffective in the treatment of the enrollee’s disease or medical condition or (B) based on both sound clinical evidence and medical and scientific evidence, the known relevant physical and mental characteristics of the enrollee, and known characteristics of the drug regimen, is likely to be ineffective or adversely affect the drug’s effective or patient compliance.
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