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Staying in the loop with Illinois ACOG

Posted By Dena Cochran, Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Successful 2017 Lobby Day and Eventful Legislative Session in Illinois Section

Maura Quinlan, MD, Illinois Legislative Chair


In April, we met with Illinois legislators to provide an ob-gyn perspective and scientific evidence for bills that would affect our patients. Join us next spring for 2018 lobby day!


2017 Illinois Section Lobby Day


2017 Legislative Year


HB 5576 Contraceptive Coverage Bill

  • Became law January 1
  • Illinois is now one of four states (including California, Maryland, and Vermont) to enact statutes codifying the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate into state law and expand on the federal law's requirements
  • If the Affordable Care Act is repealed, insurance will continue to cover women's contraception in Illinois without additional co-pays

SB 1564 Health Care Right of Conscience Act Amendment

  • Became law January 1
  • Providers and facilities with religious objections must inform patients about the standard of care and have protocols in place to ensure patients have information about other provider options

HB 2617 Fertility Preservation Bill

  • Still in committee, not yet voted on by the whole House
  • The first piece of legislation to come from Illinois section
  • Would require health insurance to cover fertility preservation services when a necessary medical treatment may cause iatrogenic infertility
  • Recent Chicago Tribune letter to the editor regarding the bill

HB 40 Reproductive Choice

  • Passed the Illinois House and Senate, awaiting Governor Bruce Rauner's signature
  • Would ensure that abortion remains legal in Illinois if Roe v. Wade is overturned

HB 274 Pharmacist Prescribing Hormonal Contraception

  • Opposed by ACOG
  • Would allow pharmacists to prescribe hormonal contraception
  • Is still a barrier to access for women—ACOG supports true over-the-counter access.

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