Rep. Wheeler bill signed into law improving access to telehealth for epilepsy patients

Individuals living with epilepsy in the State of Illinois will now have access to more affordable treatment options, as legislation introduced and sponsored by Assistant Minority Leader Rep. Keith Wheeler (R-Oswego) was signed into law today by Governor JB Pritzker which allows health care providers to be reimbursed by the state for providing epilepsy treatment services via telehealth.

Telehealth is the use of technology to allow for long-distance patient and clinician contact, care, advice, reminders, education, intervention, and monitoring via virtual visits and other telecommunication tools.

“Access to telehealth services improves the quality of life for people living with epilepsy and contains health care costs by avoiding the need for more costly inpatient treatment,” Representative Wheeler said. “I would like to thank everyone who cares for a family member or friend with epilepsy; people like my son, Chad. My family is grateful to our health care providers and those across the state who specialize in epilepsy treatment.”

Under the new law, the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services will reimburse epilepsy specialists for providing treatment services for epilepsy or related disorders via telehealth.

House Bill 3025 was approved by the Illinois House of Representatives by a vote of 112-1 on April 15 before advancing to the State Senate, where it passed unanimously by a vote of 57-0 on May 27.

Representative Wheeler serves the 50th District which includes portions of Kane and Kendall Counties.