Three bills signed into law Thursday aim to ensure working families acquire insurance and stay healthy throughout their lives.
One law the governor signed allows small businesses to join together to form a health care purchasing group. State Rep. Karen May (D-Highland Park), who sponsored the bill in the House, says under the law small businesses that may not have been able to provide health insurance coverage individually for their employees can pool resources with other businesses to acquire affordable coverage plans for up to 2,500 participants per group. The law takes effect Jan. 1, 2013.
Students in grades six through eight will be allowed to receive video instruction on CPR and AED safety, under another piece of legislation, sponsored by State Rep. Dan Burke (D-Chicago).
State Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago) and State Rep. Robyn Gabel (D-Chicago) sponsored legislation that ensures hospitals provide information to new mothers on the numerous health benefits of breastfeeding newborns. Under the law, hospitals will work with the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative, supported by the World Health Organization, to provide new mothers with information about the benefits of breastfeeding and other vital infant nutrition guidance.
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Gov. Pat Quinn signed these bills into law at the new Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, formerly Children’s Memorial Hospital.