This session, working with constituents, I passed a number of bills that are awaiting the governor's signature. All of the legislation passed unanimously or with strong bi-partisan support. Here is a round up of some of my bills and the links to find out more information:
HB 2959: Pre-Existing Conditions
If the Affordable Care Act is repealed, my legislation will prevent insurance companies in Illinois from denying health care coverage based on a pre-existing condition. This will help cancer survivors, people with diabetes, high blood pressure, and arthritis, organ transplant recipients, victims of sexual assault and much more.
House Bill 375: Police Training
I worked with the Cook County Sheriff's office and the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Board on this bill. The bill, which passed unanimously, requires that the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Board create an introductory course to provide law enforcement officers with an awareness of mental health issues including:
A history of the mental health system;
Types of mental illness, including signs and symptoms of mental illness and common treatments and medications; and
The potential interactions officers may regularly have with these individuals, their families, and service providers including situations requiring the officer to de-escalate a potential crisis.
This training is designed to prepare our officers, when called to a crisis situation, to recognize and assist residents suffering with mental illness, defuse the mental health crisis and direct the resident to mental health resources instead of jails resulting in a better outcome for the officer, the resident and our community.
House Bill 1332: Eating Disorders
This bill requires insurers who provide coverage for hospital or medical treatment, to also provide coverage for the treatment of eating disorders based on medical necessity.
House Bill 2626: Parental Rights of the Blind
I worked with National Federation for the Blind to introduce and pass this legislation which provides that a person's blindness shall not serve as a basis for denial or restriction of parenting time, the allocation of parental responsibilities, participation in adoption proceedings, foster care placement, or guardianship appointment.
House Bill 2506:
This legislation eliminates a governmental board that serves little purpose. Working with the Department of Public Health, I passed this legislation to Abolish the Health Maintenance Advisory Board within the Department of Public Health.