Legislation sponsored by State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) that aims to help hospital patients who rely on friends and family as caregivers, and potentially reduce hospital readmission rates has been signed into law by Governor Bruce Rauner.
“Many individuals rely on caregivers to help in their daily lives. This new law will enable them to work with a trusted friend or family member during any potential hospital stays,” said Senator Barickman.
Senate Bill 1298/Public Act 99-0222 requires hospitals to provide patients and/or their legal guardians an opportunity to designate a caregiver. Hospitals also must notify the caregiver before a patient is discharged and provide them with instructions for the patients’ discharge plan.
Hospitals must document the caregiver designation which can be changed at any time by the patient if the need arises.
SB 1298/PA 99-0222 passed in both chambers of the General Assembly with unanimous, bipartisan support.