Senator Mulroe on the Senate floorSPRINGFIELD –Today the Illinois Senate declared March 15, 2017 as Adult Down Syndrome Awareness Day, approving a resolution introduced by State Senator John G. Mulroe (D-Chicago). Approximately one in every 700 children born in the United States is born with Down syndrome, making it the most common chromosomal condition.

“I think it’s important to recognize the strides that have been made to improve the quality and length of life for adults with Down syndrome,” Mulroe said. “Now, many adults with Down syndrome are able to live independently or with some assistance, hold jobs and participate in volunteer work. In my district, many adults with Down syndrome have received help and support from the Adult Down Syndrome Center at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital.”


The Adult Down Syndrome Center at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital was established in 1992 and provides care at nearly 7,000 annual patient visits, making it the busiest clinic of its kind in the nation. The clinic works to enhance the well-being of adolescents and adults with Down syndrome through community-based health care services.

Though the life expectancy for an individual with Down syndrome has increased dramatically over the past 40 years, adults with Down syndrome still have a higher rate of additional medical complications such as congenital heart abnormalities and Type 1 diabetes as compared to the general population.

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Senator Mulroe in a committee hearingSPRINGFIELD – Patients with chronic conditions often juggle multiple medications and several trips to the pharmacy. Senate Bill 1546, introduced by State Senator John Mulroe (D-Chicago), seeks to streamline that process by allowing patients to synchronize their prescription refills so that they can pick them up at the same time.

“I hope that this legislation will make managing a chronic condition a little easier,” Mulroe said. “By streamlining the logistics of prescription refills, I aim to relieve some of the stress of a chronic condition. SB 1546 will also simplify the refill process for pharmacies.”

Studies have shown that prescription synchronization increases patient adherence to medication directions. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, medications are not taken as prescribed 50 percent of the time. Over $100 billion are spent annually as a result of prescription non-adherence.

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SPRINGFIELD – State Senator John Mulroe (D-Chicago) issued the following statement on the motion filed by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan to stop paychecks to state workers until a budget is approved:

052516 js 0284cr“Governor Rauner has neglected his constitutional obligation to present the legislature with a balanced budget for nearly two years. If he had engaged in budget negotiations rather than holding them hostage until he received portions of his turnaround agenda, we would not be in this situation. All of this could have been avoided had the governor presented a balanced budget.

“I am willing to engage in budget conversations and make cuts where necessary. I think it’s important that we ensure that core services like higher education and social services receive proper funding. I want to fulfill the legislature’s responsibility to appropriate funds.

“This budget impasse has been detrimental to our state, and the Attorney General’s motion just adds to our budget crisis. I will fight for our state workers and for the families across Illinois that are being unduly influenced by the governor’s inaction. We need a solution for all services now.”

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Senator Mulroe discusses legislation on the floorThe governor recently vetoed  Senate Bill 661, which is a cost-saving measure intended to save lives by requiring doctors to offer  adults born between 1945 and 1965 a one-time screening test  for Hepatitis C. As the chairman of the Senate Committee on Public Health, I am perplexed by the reasons given for governor's veto and his unwillingness to reach a compromise or an alternative, other than an outright veto.
 
One of the primary concerns the governor had was that this measure would change a doctor’s standard of care with respect to these patients, but I disagree. The Medical Society, the Centers for Disease Control and every doctor who testified before the Senate Public Health Committee all agreed that doctors should be offering the one-time screening test; however, some doctors are not following their own guidelines. This bill would codify the medical community’s current guidelines and recommendations.
 
I also disagree with the governor’s assertion that this bill will cost the state more money. The offer to screen a patient does not cost a dime. Additionally, if a patient accepted a doctor’s offer to be screened, the current cost of screening is covered by all forms of insurance, including Medicaid. The cost of the screening test is around $10-$20 per test.
 
Prevention and awareness are the reason for this bill. Hepatitis C is a silent killer and offering a screening test is the first step to eradicating it. Even people diagnosed with hep C who can’t get treated with current medication can slow down the effects of the virus by changing their lifestyle. They can also take steps to ensure they don’t spread the virus.
 
While the cost of treating the hep C virus is not the subject of this bill, it is an important discussion that needs to take place. If treated with current medication that can eradicate the virus, the cost is about 10 percent compared to not treating the virus. Illinois’ strict criteria for treating patients on Medicaid means those Medicaid patients within Illinois that are diagnosed with hep C have virtually no access to a cure that is available to the rest of the population covered by private insurers. This is a moral dilemma and this is a policy decision that is in need of a checkup. 

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