Guv Issues New Disaster Proclamation, Exec Orders

July 27, 2020

Late Friday (July 24), Governor J.B. Pritzker issued a new 30-day COVID-19 disaster proclamationExecutive Order #47 (on pre-K-12 schools reopening) and Executive Order #48 (reissuing many existing executive orders and extending them to Aug. 22).

Among the reissued Executive Orders are #9, requiring all commercial health insurers regulated by the Dept. of Insurance to cover clinically appropriate, medically necessary telehealth services and reimburse providers at the same rate as in-person visits and prohibiting them from imposing any cost-sharing for in-network providers unless a deductible has not been met for a high-deductible health plan; #23, giving the Dept. of Financial and Professional Regulation the flexibility to waive certain requirements in order to increase the number of licensed professionals responding to the disaster; and #26, extending many of the waivers from the Hospital Licensing Act to increase hospital capacity.