Criminal law – sexual assault – Bellock
· New law forbids health care hospitals, providers from billing sexual assault survivors for outpatient services. HB 3848 was signed into law on Monday, August 24. It creates a billing protocol and a voucher system for hospital emergency and forensic outpatient services provided to sexual assault survivors. Under this system, these outpatient services will be billed to the State of Illinois or to the survivor’s insurance system, if any.
Additional language within HB 3848 forbids a provider of health care services to a sexual assault survivor from carrying out certain enumerated aggressive billing and collection procedures for all other non-outpatient services that may have been provided to a survivor, including inpatient services and follow-up healthcare. Prohibited collection procedures include references to collection agencies or attorneys. House Republican Representative Patti Bellock was a co-sponsor of HB 3848, which was approved in the Illinois House by a vote of 111-0-0.