SPRINGFIELD – Illinois put an end to surprise medical bills, thanks to the support of State Senator Michael E. Hastings.

Hastings (D-Frankfort) served as a cosponsor on House Bill 4703, which protects people covered under group and individual health plans from getting surprise medical bills after receiving most services from out-of-network providers. The legislation was signed into law on Thursday.

“When Illinois residents utilize medical services, they should not be surprised by additional expenses,” Hastings said. “Adding this level of transparency will help those undergoing medical procedures from receiving surprise bills when they should be focusing on their recovery.”

Illinois will now have the same protections as the federal No Surprises Act, which establishes new securities against surprise medical bills.

Prior to the federal No Surprises Act going into effect in January 2022, consumers who received care from out-of-network providers could be responsible for the difference between the charges the provider billed and the amount paid by their health plan, even when receiving care at an in-network facility.

“This is a step in the right direction,” Hastings said. “We need to continue to look for ways to promote transparency for those seeking health care treatments.”

House Bill 4703 passed the House and Senate with bipartisan support.