State Sen. Melinda BushSPRINGFIELD — To ensure that women have a wide variety of choices in how they approach their reproductive health, the governor signed into law a plan co-sponsored by State Sen. Melinda Bush that extends insurance coverage to almost all approved contraceptive drugs, devices and products.

“One of the most important aspects of a woman’s health is how she handles reproductive issues,” said Bush, D-Grayslake. “This measure brings us in line with federal health reforms and gives women the power to choose without worrying about exorbitant cost. We must have parity in our health care system, and we know that for women to truly have equality, they must have choices.”

In addition to extending coverage to nearly all FDA-approved contraceptive drugs and devices, the new law clarifies existing statute and brings it into compliance with federal coverage standards. Insurance companies must offer at least one product, drug, or device of a particular therapeutic equivalent version with no cost-sharing, and insurance companies would also be required to provide 12 months of contraceptive at one time. Insurers must also provide an expedient and convenient review process to ensure coverage.

The legislation was House Bill 5576. It takes effect Jan. 1, 2017.

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Bush’s drug education plan, court reform proposal signed into lawSPRINGFIELD - As part of continuing efforts to address the public health crisis of heroin and opioid painkiller addiction, the governor signed into law a proposal by State Sen. Melinda Bush that would provide more education to those struggling with addiction.

“Last year, the General Assembly worked with activists, law enforcement officials, and public health authorities to bring sweeping reforms to opioid treatment, but we know these efforts must continue,” said Bush, D-Grayslake. “This informational campaign will ensure that those coping with addiction know the risks and the methods for protecting themselves in an emergency.”

Under the new legislation, all Department of Human Services programs serving persons with substance use issues will provide educational information on treatment options for opioid addiction, such as medication, how to recognize and response to an overdose and how to use antidotes like naloxone.

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Gurnee Fraud Prevention EventJoin Senator Bush and the Illinois Attorney General's Office on Tuesday, July 19 for a presentation on how to prevent identity theft, student loan fraud and other crimes.


Contact Senator Melinda Bush's office at (847) 548-5631.


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Proposal calls for funding to offset cost of storing spent nuclear fuel

Bush joins City of Zion to support nuclear waste legislation in CongressZION - Joining members of the Zion community to call on Congress to take action after years of stalling, State Sen. Melinda Bush voiced her support Monday for legislation by U.S. Rep. Bob Dold that would release federal funds to the city as it continues to maintain a decommissioned nuclear reactor.

“The problem of safely storing nuclear waste is not going away. I strongly support this push to hold the federal government accountable and provide compensation to Zion,” said Bush, D – Grayslake. “With nearly 100 casks of nuclear waste on the shores of Lake Michigan, I’m here today to call on Congress to take swift action and compensate Zion as they have indeed become an interim nuclear waste storage facility. This community has been hurt for far too long.”

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