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NASW-IL Advocacy at Work: Governor Signs Bill Reducing Insurance Clawback Period to 12 Months

Thank you to Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, State Senator Laura Fine (D-Glenview), State Representative Bob Morgan (D-Deerfield), and the support of NASW-Illinois Chapter members—their collective effort resulted in the signing of Senate Bill 1974 (SB 1974) into law on August 27, 2021, reducing the recoupment period for an insurer from 18 months to 12. The bill was an NASW-Illinois Chapter initiative and one the chapter worked on for over two years. SB 1974 is effective January 1, 2022.

SB 1974 amends the Illinois Insurance Code to reduce the clawback period from 18 months to a much more manageable timeframe of 12 months. Recoupment is still one of the biggest concerns private practitioners have when dealing with insurance in Illinois. These often abusive practices are creating challenges for practitioners and making it harder for clients to find services. The chapter provided an update on this bill back in May 2021 when the bill passed the senate and moved to the house.

If you want to continue seeing bills like these pass which greatly impact the social work profession, please consider adding strength to our legislative voice by becoming a member today. Find out more about joining NASW here or click here to join.

For a round-up of other bills that the NASW-Illinois Chapter pushed for during the past spring 2021 legislative session as well as other advocacy-related news, click one of the links below:


The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world, with over 120,000 members. The NASW-Illinois Chapter is one of the association's largest chapters representing over 20.000 licensed Illinois social workers and school social workers, with over 5,000 active members. NASW strives to advance social work careers, grow social work businesses, and protect the profession.

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