New Law Temporarily Adds FQHCs to SASETA

June 9, 2020
Last Friday (June 5), Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed into law Senate Bill 557 / PA 101-0634, which temporarily adds approved federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) to the Sexual Assault Survivors Emergency Treatment Act (SASETA). The new law seeks to expand medical forensic service options to sexual assault survivors during the COVID-19 pandemic.

FQHCs seeking to provide medical forensic services to sexual assault survivors will be subject to the same requirements as hospitals and approved pediatric healthcare facilities, with the difference being qualified medical providers, physicians, physician assistants and advance practice registered nurses at the FQHC must complete 10 hours of sexual assault training prior to providing medical forensic exams and evidence collection.

For more information, see IHA’s summary memo.