Senator Mulroe on the floor.SPRINGFIELD – Three new proposals covering Hepatitis C screenings, 3D mammograms and updating the way we approach vaccination in the state have passed the Senate. Senator John Mulroe (D-Chicago) sponsored the plans and acts as the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Public Health.

·    SB54 requires insurance agencies to cover tomosynthesis or 3D mammograms, which are more effective in diagnosing breast cancer due to the cross-sectional nature of the screening. It is also more effective at diagnosing small, hard-to-detect tumors as well as diagnosing through dense breast tissue. 3D mammograms often result in fewer callbacks and an overall less stressful screening experience for women.
·    SB661 requires healthcare providers to offer men and women considered to be at-risk for contracting or carrying Hepatitis C a one-time blood screening. Persons considered to be at-risk are born between 1945 and 1965. The bill does not prevent healthcare providers from offering the screening at any time.
·    SB1410 was drafted as a direct result of the January 2015 measles outbreak. The bill creates protections for individuals who may suffer adverse medical reactions to vaccinations as well as individuals seeking a medical or philosophical exemption. It additionally requires doctors administering exemption paperwork to explain the risks of skipping vaccinations to parents.

“Protecting the health of our state leads to greater productivity and ensures a brighter future,” Mulroe said. “These three measures are in line with that goal, and I implore the governor to keep that in mind as they cross his desk.”

All three proposals move to the governor’s desk.

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Senator Mulroe speaks to first responder safety on the floor.SPRINGFIELD – Two new proposals have passed the General Assembly that would aid police and firefighters. Senator John Mulroe (D-Chicago) sponsored both measures in the Senate.

The first, a senate bill, would require that AED machines be accessible in police stations with more than 100 staff. The second, a house bill, would charge individuals who assault first responders acting in the line of their duties with a Class 4 felony rather than a misdemeanor.

“The last thing the men and women we task with protecting us need is to worry any more about their safety than they need to,” Mulroe said. “This pair of plans is common sense and goes a long way to protecting the people in harm’s way.”

Police officers often are placed in intense situations within seconds causing extreme stress on their bodies and health, and Officers have died as a result. The proposal will affect only those facilities with 100 or more employees. Under the original AED Act, county sheriffs and municipal police departments are exempt from civil liability.

Under the previous Criminal Code of 2012, an individual who assaulted a first responder in the line of duty was charged with a Class A misdemeanor provided a weapon was not used. The language in the new proposal states those charges would automatically become a Class 4 felony.  The sentence for a Class 4 felony can carry anywhere from one to three years in prison.

“Every day these men and women work hard to keep our streets safe,” Mulroe said. “With these proposals we are doing more to ensure they stay safe.”

Both proposals move to the governor’s desk.

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Senator Mulroe discusses the O'Hare noise issue during committee.The City of Chicago has furnished the FAA with a letter requesting the removal of the approach lighting system on the diagonal runway  14L-32R. Currently the legislation I sponsored and passed in the Senate preventing the destruction, altering or decommissioning of the diagonal runways is deep into the legislative process in the House. Unfortunately the Chicago Department of Aviation has taken steps which I believe are contrary to the measures that have passes the Senate.

I have sent a  letter to Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office in the hopes that our state’s attorney will be able to assist in halting any decommissioning work until after the final action on SB636 and SB637 has been taken. I will keep you informed on any response I receive.

Click here to read the letter to Attorney General Lisa Madigan

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Senator Mulroe discussing legislation with medical students.SPRINGFIELD — Women should not face cost barriers when considering whether to undergo a more thorough, 3D imaging process that can more accurately detect breast cancer, say Illinois Senate Democrats as new legislation works its way through the General Assembly to address women’s health needs.


“Increased access to more thorough, more modern forms of medical technology will mean fewer of our mothers and daughters and sisters taken from us by breast cancer,” said Senator Linda Holmes, D-Aurora.


House Bill 3673, which passed the Illinois House in April, would require 3D mammograms to be covered under women’s comprehensive health insurance plans. A related proposal, Senate Bill 54, sponsored by State Sen. John Mulroe, D-Chicago, requires annual three dimensional mammograms to be covered under women’s insurance plans.


Currently, insurance companies must cover an annual, flat image scan at regular intervals for women over 40. Such scans can potentially miss abnormalities, particularly in women with denser breast tissue. Three dimensional scans find 40 percent more invasive cancers than 2D scans and better visualize any abnormalities, according to the American Cancer Society.


Using the newer method gives doctors a clearer view and could eliminate mistaken diagnoses, Mulroe said.


“Breast cancer is deadly and devastating to families. Early detection not only saves lives and the related cost of future treatment, but it also eliminates the anxiety women experience waiting for the call back date,” Mulroe said.

The measures have met with broad support among Senate Democrats.


“It is critically important that women have access to breast cancer screenings,” said Senator Iris Y. Martinez. “Women have a much better chance of surviving from breast cancer if it is detected early.”


“It’s always important to me to support legislation that improves women’s access to health care,” said Senator Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-Chicago 16th), a co-sponsor of both measures. “Breast cancer is a leading killer of Illinois women, and early diagnosis is the key to successful treatment, so I applaud these efforts to connect all women – particularly those who are low-income – to regular screenings and the highest quality of care.”


“These proposals make cutting edge medical technology more accessible for more women,” said Senator Melinda Bush, D-Grayslake. “In the long run, that’s not just going to save money, it’s going to save the lives of our mothers and daughters.”

 

Click below to watch a video from Senator Mulroe and Senator Holmes:

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