2015 Legislative Priorities

A. Access to oral health care services

Support “Collaborative Practice” between Registered Dental Hygienists (RDH) and Dentists (DDS) to increase direct access to oral health care services. Low numbers of dentists accept Medicaid reimbursement, and most significantly, current law requires dentists to be present when hygienists provide clinical services.

 

B. Health Protection, HEALTH PROMOTION & Disease Prevention

  1. Increase financial support to local public health departments to ensure that we have safe water, sanitary food facilities, communicable disease prevention and control and health education.
  2. Support the replacement of the IDPH laboratory in Chicago with a new facility that will enhance disease detection, expand laboratory capacity and enhance preparedness for the State of Illinois.
  3. Support a tax on sugar sweetened beverages to fight obesity and support health promotion and health education.

 

C. FUNDING FOR PUBLIC HEALTH PRACTIONER CERTIFICATION BOARD (PHPCB) - Support funding for the PHPCB at $44,000.00. This funding will be used to continue the PHPCB, which is committed to building a competent workforce through certifying public health practitioners.

 

D. LIMIT OUT-OF POCKET COSTS FOR SPECIALTY DRUGS

Support Senate Bill 3395, which would limit out-of pocket costs for specialty drugs to $100 per prescription, or $200 per month per person for all medications. This would apply to all health insurance plans issued in Illinois.

 

E. IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF CARE PROVIDED TO WOMEN WITH BREAST CANCER

  1. Analyze data maintained by IDPH and IDHFS to examine the quality of care provided to low-income women affected by breast cancer
  2. Identify services and insurance benefits needed to ensure that women affected by breast cancer receive high quality care.

 

F. SUPPORT FOR THE LIVING WAGE

Living wage laws establish wage standards for businesses that receive contracts or subsidies from local governments. They provide a practical way for cities and localities to ensure that public dollars generate quality jobs for local residents. With wage rates ranging from $9 to $16 per hour and higher, living wage laws raise the minimum wage closer to a level that allows low-income workers to meet their families' basic needs. Most living wage laws also create incentives for employers to provide health care by providing wage credits for employers who do so.

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