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Illinois

Emergency Contraception

EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION (EC) FOR SEXUAL-ASSAULT SURVIVORS

Illinois law ensures that sexual-assault survivors receive information about emergency contraception (EC) in hospital emergency rooms.  Hospitals providing emergency services to sexual-assault survivors must develop a protocol that ensures that survivors will receive medically and factually accurate written and oral information about EC, the indications, counter-indications, and risks associated with EC, and a description of how and when women can obtain EC upon written order of a licensed physician.

The Illinois Department of Health must approve all protocols for providing information about EC.  The protocol must require that information about EC be provided to the woman as soon as possible, and no later than 12 hours after she appears at the hospital for emergency care.  Sexual-assault survivors must also be referred to a physician for appropriate follow-up care.

410 Ill. Comp. Stat 70/2.2 (Enacted 2001); Ill. Admin. Code tit. 77, 545.20, -.35, -.60, -.95 (Effective Jan. 15, 2003).

MEDICAID COVERAGE OF EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION (EC)

Illinois provides Medicaid coverage of emergency contraception without a prescription.

Handbook for Practitioners Rendering Medical Services, Section A-223.1, http://www.hfs.illinois.gov/assets/a200.pdf.

NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation Survey of State Medicaid Offices


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