SPRINGFIELD (AP) — New legislation proposed in Illinois would require health care providers who deny care based on religious beliefs to provide patients with information about where to find treatment.
Health care providers can still assert religious objections to providing care under the proposed bill sponsored by Democratic Sen. Daniel Biss.
But they would have to provide patients with information on how to make an informed medical decision, including where treatment can be found.
The Illinois Senate bill would change the Illinois Health Care Right of Conscience Act, under which an appellate court ruled three years ago that the religious beliefs of the provider trump the patient’s needs.
The bill also requires that any refusal to provide health care cannot impair the patient’s health.