04112019CW0046 1SPRINGFIELD – Mothers needing donated breast milk for their sick infants will benefit under a new law championed by State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon).

The initiative requires certain insurance plans to cover costs of pasteurized donated human breast milk for mothers with infants deemed medically necessary in Illinois.

“As a mother, I am humbled to carry this initiative through the Senate that takes a burden off of women with sick newborns and no other options to get breast milk,” Crowe said. “Breast milk contains all the nutrients an infant needs for proper growth and development and we have to make sure those who need it have access.”

Under the measure for coverage, the milk must be prescribed by a licensed medical professional and come from a milk bank licensed by the Illinois Department of Public Health or a source that meets guidelines set by the Human Milk Banking Association of North America. The mother must be unable to produce milk to meet the infant’s needs, and the infant must also be critically ill.

State Rep. Katie Stuart (D-Edwardsville) was the chief sponsor on this measure in the House.

"The medical community advises new mothers that 'breast is best' when it comes to nutrition for newborns,” Stuart said. “This new law will ensure that income won't hold women and families back from following the best medical advice for their critically ill infants that need access to breast milk to improve their health."

House Bill 3509 will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2020.

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04102019CM1708SPRINGFIELD – Non-traditional students seeking vocational training will be eligible for a new scholarship program under a new law championed by State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) signed into law this month.

“Allowing more adults to enroll in a trade program, by giving them an opportunity to receive a scholarship, shows our state’s commitment to strengthen our work force and public services while allowing more people to take advantage of our higher education institutions,” Crowe said.

The legislation establishes an Adult Vocational Community College Scholarship Program, run by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. To be eligible, a student must be over the age of 30 and unemployed but actively searching for work.

The scholarship would be enough to cover the cost of tuition and fees to attend the community college without exceeding $2,000 per recipient per academic year.

Senate Bill 1167 will be effective for the 2020-2021 academic year.

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05092019CM0773SPRINGFIELD – To expand her support of education to service members, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) co-sponsored a new law to provide in-state tuition rates to all active duty military and all individuals receiving benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

“By giving the brave men and women who serve in our military an opportunity to receive a higher education, we are committing to a better quality of life for those making sacrifices for our country,” Crowe said. “I am humbled to have a hand in giving more people a chance to attend and achieve their goals.”

Senate Bill 1907 provides that if an individual is an active duty member of the United States military or is receiving veterans’ education benefits from the VA, they count as a resident of Illinois for the purpose of determining tuition. The bill was an initiative of the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

The bill passed through both chambers of General Assembly with unanimous support. It is effective immediately with the 2019-2020 academic year.

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Fraud seminar AugustALTON – To continue their efforts to protect elders, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) and state Rep. Monica Bristow (D-Alton) are partnering with the Attorney General’s office to connect residents with fraud prevention information.

“It’s a critical time to inform seniors on current scammer’s tricks and schemes,” Crowe said. “Everyone can benefit from learning how to protect themselves from scams and understanding new financial regulations to protect hard-earned savings.”

Crowe is also a member of a new state task force she created to study elder abuse and laws that protect seniors.

The event will be at Senior Services Plus in Alton at 2603 N. Rodgers Ave. on Wednesday, Aug. 28 starting at 10 AM.

For more information, call Crowe’s office at (618) 251-9840.

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111 N. Wood River Ave.,
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Wood River, IL 62095
(618) 251-9840 P

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Springfield, IL 62706
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