GRAYSLAKE – Many families have faced financial burdens and tough decisions about whether to return to work or provide care for their children, but Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) wants people to know that under a new child care co-pay cap, people can do both.

Families who use the Child Care Assistance Program will now have their child care co-pays capped to $1.25 per month for the first two months of 2021.

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“Some families have had their hands tied during the COVID-19 pandemic. They needed to return to work but couldn’t afford to send their children back to child care due to being furloughed or laid off,” Bush said. “Thanks to the new cap on the CCAP co-pay, more parents will be able to provide for their families while having the peace of mind their children are being taken care of.”

The co-pay cap is applicable in January and February of 2021. The Child Care Assistance Program is administered by the Illinois Department of Human Services and provides access to affordable, quality child care for low-income and working-class families. This allows families to continue working or attending school without having to worry about how they will pay for the care of their children.

“The co-pay reduction will take an enormous weight off the shoulders of working class families,” Bush said. “Thousands of families will now be able to return to some sense of normalcy.”

More information regarding CCAP eligibility, including how to apply, can be found on the IDHS website.

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GRAYSLAKE – To show support to local businesses that have faced struggles and uncertainty due to the ongoing public health crisis, State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) highlighted independently-owned business each day of December.

“Local businesses are the backbone of our community, and due to the ongoing pandemic, need our help more than ever,” Bush said. “I am urging everyone to support small this holiday season and beyond. From picking up gifts at a small boutique for your friends to getting carry out at a local restaurant — every decision to frequent our main streets helps our communities.”

Senator Bush recognized a variety of businesses from across the 31st District. Each day, Senator Bush publicized the businesses on her Twitter and Facebook.

The business featured so far include:

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GRAYSLAKE – Illinoisans with diabetes will receive relief from skyrocketing insulin prices at the turn of the year thanks to a measure co-sponsored by State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake). 

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“No person should be forced to skip a meal or default on their mortgage just to be able to afford a medication they need to live,” Bush said. “The cap on rising insulin costs will protect people with diabetes and their families.”

Senate Bill 667 — which takes effect Jan. 1 — caps patientsout-of-pocket costs for prescription insulin at $100 for a 30-day supply.

More than 30 million Americans have diabetes, and 7.4 million Americans require prescription insulin every day to survive, according to the American Diabetes Association. However, the price of insulin has risen sharply in recent years, driving many patients to give up other daily needs to pay for insulin or to ration their supply.

“People will no longer have to take shortcuts or seek out other ways to get their hands on insulin,” Bush said. “The days of prescription drug companies prioritizing profit over people must come to an end — and that starts with this new law.” 

The measure makes Illinois the second state to cap prescription insulin co-payments.

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GRAYSLAKE – Following the announcement that Region 9 – which makes up Lake and McHenry Counties – will see increased COVID-19 restrictions, State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) is reminding everyone the importance of the three Ws: wear a mask, wash your hands and watch your distance.

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“Slowing the spread of COVID-19 is something we, as Illinoisans and Lake County residents, are familiar with and know how to do,” Bush said. “It’s important to continue our efforts to mask up, participate in common hygiene practices and not gather in large groups.”

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced Wednesday that resurgence mitigation measures will be put into place at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31. Mitigation measures include no indoor service at bars and restaurants, required reservations for each party, and social gatherings limited to 25 people or 25% of overall room capacity.

Bush is reminding Lake County residents that loosening those restrictions in the near future is as simple as following the guidelines set forth by the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention during the summer months.

Additionally, she urges anyone – regardless of symptom or exposure – to take advantage of a number of additional free COVID-19 testing sites coming to the area, including two this weekend. People can get tested Saturday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Libertyville High School, located at 708 W. Park Ave. or Sunday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Deerfield High School, located at 1959 Waukegan Rd.

“It is important to keep doing what we do best in Lake County, and that’s putting our neighbors and loved ones first,” Bush said. “Together, we can stop the spread of COVID-19.”

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