If a parent has to consent for their child to receive a medical procedure or test, then they should be able to access the resulting records and results. That’s the idea behind a new law brought by State Senator Steve McClure (R-Springfield).

Under prior Illinois law, parents have access to medical records for children under the age of 12; however, they may be denied access to records and test results for children 12 -17 years of age, even if the records are from tests and/or procedures that required parental consent to be performed. Once the child turns 18, if they are declared a developmentally disabled adult, parents can once again get access.

Senate Bill 188 closes the glaring loophole for special needs children aged 12 – 17 and allows parents access to these important records of their child, who often aren’t physically able to provide consent.

The bill was signed into law by the Governor on August 4th.

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