IMG 7208In light of several pieces of legislation he sponsored this year to improve health care for seniors and disabled persons, the Illinois Health Care Association awarded State Senator John Mulroe its Voice of Senior Care Award this month.

“I am honored to be recognized by the IHCA, and glad that these important measures have become law,” Mulroe said. “It’s never been more crucial that we help seniors in need of lifesaving long-term care to access, afford and understand their options.”

Senate Bill 2913, signed into law Aug. 2, provides for the passive renewal of Medicaid eligibility for seniors and disabled persons residing in nursing homes and creates an expedited process for collecting data for processing applications for eligibility.

Senate Bill 2385, signed into law Aug. 2, helps seniors and disabled persons navigate the financial red tape required to demonstrate their need for long-term care assistance. In the past, financial institutions have been reluctant to provide nursing homes with financial documents when the nursing home is trying to assist the patient with filling out a long term care Medicaid application. The new law creates a form signed by a senior or disabled person and delivered to the financial institution that speeds up that process and ensures the financial records get to the state departments responsible for approving their Medicaid eligibility.

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Do you have a furry friend, or are you looking for one to give a forever home? Shelter dogs and shelter cats are the official state pet of Illinois! Come to the Pet Fair at Monument Park Sept. 29 for health and safety tips from experts, professional grooming, location chips, and even to adopt. Click the flyer below for a larger version to see more details.

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Mulroe2014To protect and educate the elderly about the very real danger of preventable diseases, State Senator John Mulroe sponsored legislation signed into law yesterday to provide educational materials about vaccination to nursing homes in Illinois.

“Vaccination is one of the easiest and most effective means we have in eradicating disease, but it’s important to remember that many vaccines are newer and some of our senior citizens may not have received them earlier in their lives,” Mulroe said. “The Centers For Disease Control report that thousands of our citizens over the age of 65 are diagnosed with preventable diseases each year. Providing these informational materials will encourage our seniors to take advantage of modern medicine and fight these deadly diseases.”

The legislation was House Bill 4440. Having been signed by the governor, the new law takes effect Jan. 1, 2019.

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Mulroe2014To ensure that fines and court fees paid by those going through the justice system in Illinois remain fair and consistent, a new measure by State Senator John Mulroe (D-Chicago) was signed into law Monday.

“Court-related fines and fees support the justice system’s operations, but we can never lose sight of the fact that they should always be consistent and never seem arbitrary or unfair,” said Mulroe, the legislation’s sponsor in the Illinois Senate. “This broad realignment of the fine and fee structure came about based on the findings of an intensive study by the Statutory Court Fee Task Force, and I’m pleased to see it become law.”

The law will expand the ability of those assessed with fees to receive waivers as well. The legislation also clarifies to which agencies fines and fees are to be given and in some cases how they are to be used: It specifies that in misdemeanor traffic, conservation, and ordinance offenses, the arresting agency keeps the fine, and for other offenses the fine goes to the county to defray costs of prosecution. In addition, fees collected by the Illinois State Police would be marked specifically for the funding of cadet training.

House Bill 4594 takes effect July 1, 2019 and will sunset Jan. 1, 2021, giving the General Assembly the opportunity to reassess how well the new fee structure has worked.

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