Amends the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act. Provides that a child shall not be considered neglected solely because the child’s parent or other person responsible for his or her welfare: (i) objects to a recommended vaccination schedule; (ii) objects to the administration of opioid medication or ophthalmic antibiotics in newborns; (iii) objects to the administration, in non-emergency situations, of a medication without review of an FDA-approved package insert or instructions for use; (iv) objects to separation of the child and parent or other person responsible for his or her welfare by the medical professional during non-emergency medical consultations; (v) requests minimally invasive diagnostic tests for the child; or (vi) seeks diagnosis of or treatment of symptoms associated with Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome or Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Streptococcal Infections. Provides that if a medical professional complies with an objection or request set forth in the amendatory Act by a child’s parent or other person responsible for the child’s welfare, no liability for any such decision may attach to the medical professional. Amends the Medical Patient Rights Act. Provides that a child’s parent or other person responsible for the child’s welfare has a right to be free from threats by medical professionals to refer a child to protective services, unless the medical professional has a good faith basis to believe that the child otherwise meets the definition of an abused child or a neglected child as defined under the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act. Requires the Department of Public Health to adopt rules.
Bill Sponsor: Rep. Deanne M. Mazzochi (R) 47th District
Springfield – (217) 782-1448; Westmont – (630) 852-8633
Chief Co-Sponsor: Rep. Darren Bailey (R) 109th District
Springfield – (217) 782-2087; Louisville – (618) 665-4109
Co-Sponsor: Rep. Allen Skillicorn (R) 66th District
Springfield – (217) 782-0432; Crystal Lake – (815) 893-4884
Co-Sponsor: Rep. Tom Weber (R) 64th District
Springfield – (217) 782-1664; Fox Lake – (847) 629-543
Chief Co-Sponsor: Rep. Amy Grant (R) 42nd District
Springfield – (217) 558-1037; Wheaton – (331) 218-4182
Co-Sponsor: Rep. Brad Halbrook (R) 102nd District
Springfield – (217) 782-8398; Shelbyville – ( 217) 774-1306
Action to Take: Contact the above Representatives and thank them for standing up for Illinois families. Contact your own Rep and Senator and ask them to Vote Yes on HB4769.
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