Chronic Illness Law and Legal Definition

The term “chronic illness” is used to refer diseases that have at least one of the characteristics listed below:

a. Are permanent.

b. Leave residual disability.

c. Are caused by nonreversible pathological alteration.

d. The patient must be given special training to rehabilitate.

e. The patient may require a lengthy period of supervision, observation, or care.

The following is an example of a state statute (Connecticut) defining the term.

Pursuant to Conn. Gen. Stat. § 19a-250, "chronic illness" means conditions which require prolonged definitive hospital or restorative care as distinguished from diseases or conditions which may be properly cared for in convalescent, custodial or domiciliary facilities.