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Legislative Update, 08/09/2019

Federal News

Trump Administration Moves To Make Health Care Costs More Transparent [from Kaiser Health News]

A recap of Wednesday’s Democratic debate, with a focus on healthcare remarks: Biden-Harris Debate Rematch Highlights Health Plan Differences [from Kaiser Health News]

Juul [e-cigarette company] Targeted Schools and Youth Camps, House Panel on Vaping Claims

[from The New York Times]

Researchers weigh in on Trump’s $500 million plan to share childhood cancer data [from Science]

Trump administration releases details on fetal tissue restrictions [from Science]

State News

Obesity: Not a Disability in Illinois [from Lexology]

Extreme Obesity Ruled Not Necessarily a Disability Under ADA, Says Seventh Circuit [from The National Law Review]

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Legislative Update, 07/22/2019

Federal news

Exclusive: FDA enforcement actions plummet under Trump (from Science:

From the MLA
Stay apprised on the CASE Act of 2019, which proposes a change to copyright policy, especially with regard to online copyright infringement (

Scholarly Communications Slide Decks — prepared by health sciences librarians during the last 3 years (Must be an MLA member to view slides:

State news

Some health-related articles of interest from the State Journal-Register:

New chlorine rules intended to prevent bacteria like legionella (

Marijuana potency gets increased scrutiny after link to psychosis ( – mentions a few studies (including one from Lancet) and outlines the Illinois State Medical Society position

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Legislative Update, 07/03/2019

Federal news

President Trump signed an executive order for the development of rules requiring hospitals to inform patients of their treatment costs prior to receiving the services. [The Hill]

New research indicates that the Affordable Care Act has lowered racial disparities in cancer care. [The Washington Post]

The House voted to block Trump’s recent policy that would require ethics board approval of NIH grant applications involving electively-aborted human fetal tissue. The Senate would need to adopt the amendment in order for it to remain part of the FY20 spending bill. [Science]

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Legislative Update, 06/14/2019

Federal news

A slew of health-related stories are the news this month:

From the article: ” ‘This is bad transparency, because it is highly likely to cause prices to go up for everyone,’ Grow said. If all the parties need to expose what rates they were willing to accept, she said, ‘it creates a floor for negotiations, not a ceiling.’ “

According to one former EPA administrator, the article reports, “…the current EPA seemed to value lowering costs to industry more than safeguarding public health.”

Legislative support of libraries increased this year, with more congresspeople signing Dear Appropriator letters for the LSTA and IAL programs. (American Libraries, June 2019, p. 13).


State News

There has been a lot going on at the state level too:

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Legislative Update, 05/31/2019

Federal news

Bipartisan-proposed health care legislation by Chair of the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, Lamar Alexander (R-TN), and ranking member Patty Murray (D-WA) focuses on five issues ranging from medical costs to improving public health and health information technology. From Roll Call: Draft legislation:

In the House, Democrats have removed language that bans human embryo editing in a draft spending bill. Republicans are projected to seek reinstatement of this clause. From Science:

The EPA will terminate funding to 13 research centers that look at environmental disease prevention for children’s health. Funding will end with the close of the current fiscal year. The Department of Health and Human Services’ National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), which co-funds these research centers with the EPA, plans to continue funding the centers into 2020. From Science, reporting from E&E News:

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Legislative Update: 05/17/2019


The Congressional Budget Office released its report on a single-payer healthcare system: Key Design Components and Considerations for Establishing a Single-Payer Health Care System. The document addresses such questions as:

  • How would the government administer a single-payer health plan?
  • Who would be eligible for the plan, and what benefits would it cover?
  • What role, if any, would private insurance and other public programs have?
  • Which providers would be allowed to participate, and who would own the hospitals and employ the providers?
  • How would the system be financed?


In a recent press release, the House Appropriations Committee has recommended a $99 billion increase for the Department of Health and Human Services for FY2020, including a $2 billion increase in NIH funding. Major research initiatives include: Alzheimer’s disease, HIV/AIDS, and All of Us precision medicine, among others. A first in over 20 years, the bill earmarks money for firearm injury and mortality prevention research.



This week’s Under the Dome podcast is “The HomeStretch: Will the Illinois Legislature Get it All Done?”  You can listen at

Interested in having permanent daylight savings time?  It could happen.  Follow bills HB3821 at and HB3837 at


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Legislative Update, 04/30/2019


With measles outbreaks spreading, vaccination law may become a partisan issue. From Politico.

Abortion legislation is in the news as many states vote on proposed abortion bills. The Guttmacher Institute has a summary of abortion laws enacted in each state.

The CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics recently released a Data Brief (no. 333) outlining how adults in the U.S. are reducing their prescription drug costs. States’, moreso than federal, legislation surrounding prescription drug cost-sharing responsibilities between patients and insurance companies are currently being debated. Health plan rebates, and the proposed elimination thereof, are being discussed at the federal level. From Roll Call.

Want to know what the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates are considering when it comes to health care coverage? The Hill provides a summary of proposed models.



The Illinois General Assembly is in session.  You can see who’s meeting and what they are talking about here.

There has been a new resolution introduced in the house called Adolescent Immunization Week (HR0196).  Find out more about HR0196 here.

The Safe Patient Limits bill (HB2604) continues to move through the General Assembly.  Check on its status here.  Or read an article from the State Journal-Register entitled “Nurses, hospitals prepare for showdown over nurse-patient ratio.”


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Legislative Update, 04/16/2019

Federal news

With President Trump’s renewed interest in health care, the Supreme Court might render a decision on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act prior to the 2020 election. From CNN.

The Violence Against Women Act is up for reauthorization. It’s passed in the House and awaits vote in the Senate. The National Rifle Association opposes renewal due to a new provision on gun restrictions for domestic abusers. From The New York Times.

Special interest groups use model legislation to introduce new bills, many of which become law, according to a two-year investigation by USA TODAY, The Arizona Republic, and the Center for Public Integrity. Health-related model bills include The Asbestos Transparency Act (making it more difficult for those exposed to asbestos to take legal action) and Right to Try (allowing those with terminal illness to use experimental medicine). From USA TODAY. Video summary here.

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Legislative Update – 04/02/2019

Federal News

Health care law is again in the spotlight:

Trump Administration And Democrats Return Health Law To Political Center Stage (Kaiser Health News)

In Blow to Trump, Judge Blocks Health Care Law ‘End Run’ (The New York Times)

Medicare for All Would Abolish Private Insurance. ‘There’s No Precedent in American History.’ (The New York Times)


Following the call for a moratorium on human germline editing by scientists writing in Nature last month, a World Health Organization committee encourages a “transparent global registry” of relevant experiments:

WHO panel proposes new global registry for all CRISPR human experiments (Science)


Additional stories:

New Anti-Abortion Measures Could Struggle for Traction in Courts (The Wall Street Journal)

Why Public-Health Experts Want More States’ Vaccine Policies to Look Like West Virginia’s (Pacific Standard Magazine)

U.S. researchers hope Congress will dig NSF out of a $1 billion budget hole (Science)

Universities spooked by Trump order tying free speech to grants (Nature)

NIH may bar peer reviewers accused of sexual harassment (Science)


Illinois News

There continue to be several bills that may generate health reference questions:

HB 2495 – Reproductive Health Act ( Currently “Re-referred to the Rules Committee” as of 3/29/2019

HB 3585 – Hospital Patient Protection ( Currently “Re-referred to the Rules Committee” as of 3/29/2019

SB 1659 – IDPH-HPV Vaccination ( Currently ‘Tabled’ as of 3/13/2019

HB 0902 – Cannabis Legalization ( Currently ‘Re-referred to the Rules Committee’ as of 3/29/2019

HB 2604 – Safe Patient Limits ( Currently Rule and Fiscal ‘Notes’ have been requested on an amendment to the bill as of 4/1/2019


Want to speak up about one of these bills or some other issue?  Let’s return to those Top Ten Quick Advocacy Tips from the ILA (  #4 is “Shrink the message” – something both Senator Chuck Weaver and Representative Ryan Spain agreed on at the ILA Annual Conference back in October.  Keep your arguments simple and focus on the most important ones.


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Legislative Update, 03/19/2019

Federal news:

An international group of scientists call for a moratorium on human germline gene editing in this commentary to Nature, and NIH files their support in this follow-up correspondence, also published in Nature.

While Congress is unlikely to implement his recommendations, President Trump’s proposed budget includes a 13% cut to NIH funding. Read more in this coverage from Science.


State news:

There are a few pieces of legislation in Illinois right now that might generate some health related reference questions.

SB 1659 – IDPH-HPV Vaccination ( Currently ‘Tabled’ as of 3/13/2019

HB 0902 – Cannabis Legalization ( Currently ‘Assigned to Judiciary – Criminal Committee’ as of 3/12/2019

HB 2604 – Safe Patient Limits ( Currently ‘Assigned to Labor & Commerce Committee’ and adding sponsors as of 3/12/2019

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