HB 2896 – IllinoisStatus: In Process
Year Introduced: 2021
Amends the Early Intervention Services System Act. Permits an early intervention provider to deliver via telehealth any type of early intervention services authorized under the Act to the extent of his or her scope of practice as established in his or her respective licensing Act consistent with the standards of care for in-person services. Requires parents to be informed of the availability of early intervention services provided through telehealth. Amends the Illinois Insurance Code. Provides that a policy of accident and health insurance that provides coverage for early intervention services must also provide coverage for early intervention services delivered via telehealth by providers listed under the Early Intervention Services System Act, subject to any restriction or limitation under a provider’s respective licensing Act on the delivery of early intervention services via telehealth. Amends the Telehealth Act. Expands the definition of “telehealth” to include the delivery of early intervention services provided by way of an interactive telecommunications system. Expands the definition of “health professional” to include certain professional personnel who are authorized by State law to provide behavioral health services or early intervention services (rather than mental health services). Provides that a health care professional, including any early intervention provider, may engage in the practice of telehealth in Illinois to the extent of his or her scope of practice as established in his or her respective licensing Act consistent with the standards of care for in-person services. Amends the Illinois Public Aid Code. Requires the Department of Healthcare and Family Services to reimburse early intervention providers who deliver early intervention services to medical assistance recipients via telehealth.
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