New Law Mandates Coverage for PANDAS and PANS

On July 18, 2017, Gov. Rauner signed HB 2721 into law, amending the Illinois Insurance Code and creating Public Act 100-0024, or Charlie’s Law. This new law will provide coverage for treatments for two pediatric autoimmune disorders: Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Strep (PANDAS) and Pediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS).

Specifically, a group or individual policy of accident and health insurance or managed care plan that is amended, delivered, issued or renewed after the effective date of this new law must provide coverage for treatment of PANDAS and PANS, including, but not limited to, the use of intravenous immunoglobulin therapy.

The implementation of this new law may require affected employers (those that are fully insured) to review and revise their benefits policies with their carrier to be compliant with these new requirements.

This law is effective immediately.

Public Act 100-0024 »