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Legislative News, 09/14/2021

Federal News

Biden administration releases $25B in COVID-19 relief for providers (The Hill, 9/10/2021)

Biden administration reveals its roadmap for lowering drug prices (Kaiser Health News Morning Briefing, 09/10/2021)


Illinois News

Today we are highlighting a resource for legislative news – The Illinois State Medical Society (ISMS) – Legislative Advocacy website.  “The Illinois State Medical Society (ISMS) advocates on behalf of physicians, medical groups and patients…”  Visit their website to sign up for legislative alerts, view current legislative priorities for ISMS, or read reports and summaries of Illinois legislation.

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(via Megan Cusick, ALA)

We are pleased to announce that ALA will host a virtual Legislative Summit on Saturday, October 16, from 12:00 to 3:30 PM CDT. Please note that this is not a public event, since it is intended for key legislative liaisons within ALA and its statewide organizations and space is limited.

In recent years, state library associations have needed to address adverse legislation challenging intellectual freedom, privacy, and local community control of the library. These bills, which have gained traction in legislatures throughout the United States, range from internet censorship and filtering to the removal of library workers’ longstanding protections under harmful to minors laws, to the more recent attempts to ban the teaching of history, social sciences, and culture related to BIPOC, LGBTQ, and other marginalized populations.

This summit will explore the history of these bills, the groups supporting them, examples from states that have dealt with them already, and updates from impacted partner entities. It will also include strategies for proactive and responsive advocacy for your organization. Participants will receive a toolkit and the opportunity for follow-up assistance.

Even if your state has not yet experienced these bills, this session will help keep your organization apprised of national efforts that impact libraries of all types and will provide strategies that support all of your advocacy work. In addition, it will establish a dialogue among state legislative contacts that can be sustained during upcoming legislative sessions.

Who should attend? We ask that your organization identify key participants who are:

  • Representatives of ALA’s divisions and statewide stakeholder groups (state association, state library, etc.).
  • The organization’s point person on advocacy, legislation, and/or intellectual freedom who is able to share information with organizational leadership and relevant committees.

All participants should be:

  • Committed to sharing information with ALA on related legislation impacting their stakeholder group, in order to strengthen coordination and advocacy across states.
  • Committed to responding to a brief post-event survey and working with ALA to schedule any desired follow-up with respective organizations (e.g., training, strategizing).
  • Committed to preserving the confidentiality of information, strategy, and documents shared during the Summit.

The summit will not be recorded, and advance registration is required. Register by completing this form.

If you have any questions, please contact Deborah Caldwell-Stone, at dstone@ala.org, or Megan Cusick, at mcusick@ala.org.

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Legislative News, 08/20/2021

Federal News

Biden vaccine rule sets stage for onslaught of lawsuits (The Hill, 8/3/21)

Build America’s Libraries Act: Deadline approaching (ALA Advocacy Alert, 8/16/2021)


Illinois News

Bills of interest:

HB4092 (https://legiscan.com/IL/bill/HB4092/2021) – Amends the State Library Act.  – Referred to Rules Committee – 5/25/2021.

SB2294 (https://legiscan.com/IL/bill/SB2294/2021) – Creates the Illinois Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics Act. – Public Act 102-0043 – 7/6/2021.


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Legislative News, 07/30/2021

Federal News

Biden bid for federal workers to get COVID-19 shots prompts debate [Roll Call, 7/28/21] See also from Roll Call: As COVID-19 cases rise, CDC urges masks indoors, including schools: Republicans criticize new guidelines, saying agency can no longer be trusted  [7/27/21]

ALA applauds FY 2022 federal funding for libraries in House Appropriations bill, looks to Senate for support [ALA news, 7/15/21]

The National Library of Medicine saw an increase of $23 million. A summary of the bill is available from the House Committee on Appropriations.

Senate Democrats’ Plan Boosts Spending on Medicare, ACA Subsidies, Long-Term Care [Kaiser Health News, 7/15/21]

Virtual care becomes a common cause in a divided Congress [Politico, 6/30/21]


Illinois News

Governor Pritzker signed several bills on July 23rd. Among these are many related to mental and physical health care. To see a quick summary of the highlights, check out “Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker signed 56 measures Friday, upping total from this session to 160” from the State Journal-Register.

To see a full list of recently passed legislation in Illinois, use this link to Legiscan.

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Legislative News, 06/28/2021

Federal News

US restores transgender health protections denied by Trump [AP News, 5/10/21]

“…affirms that federal laws forbidding sex discrimination in health care also protect gay and transgender people.”

Genome researchers question security provisions in new U.S. Senate bill [Science, 6/14/21]

“…would require the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop new security protocols aimed at preventing the misuse of U.S.-funded genomic data by China and other nations.”

Supreme Court Declines to Overturn ACA — Again [Kaiser Health News, 6/17/21]

“By a vote of 7-2…the justices did not even reach the merits of the case, ruling instead that the suing states and the individual plaintiffs, two self-employed Texans, lacked ‘standing’ to bring the case to court.”

State News

House Bill 3202 – HEALTH ED-E-CIGARETTES has been sent to the Governor to sign.  This bill amends “the Critical Health Problems and Comprehensive Health Education Act. Adds e-cigarettes and other vapor devices as one of the educational areas the Comprehensive Health Education Program must include.” – Legiscan

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Legislative News, 06/09/2021

Federal news

MLA signs onto CHLA ABSC statement on the importance of hospital libraries [MLAConnect, 6/1/2021]

This statement outlines the role hospital libraries play in the provision of evidence-based health care, and our concern and disappointment regarding the continued decommissioning, closure, underfunding, and understaffing of hospital libraries. The statement will be sent to politicians, hospital leaders, professional associations and others, as well as shared to the CHLA/ABSC [The Canadian Health Libraries Association/Association des bibliothèques de la santé du Canada] social media and website.

Democrats in both chambers launch public option effort [Roll Call, 5/26/2021]

Bills passed

S.937 COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act [became Public Law No. 117-3 on 5/20/2021]

To facilitate the expedited review of COVID-19 hate crimes, and for other purposes. DOJ and the Department of Health and Human Services must issue guidance aimed at raising awareness of hate crimes during the COVID-19 (i.e., coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic.

H.R.941 TRANSPLANT Act of 2021 [became Public Law No. 117-15 on 5/26/2021]

To reauthorize the Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Act of 2005, and for other purposes.


State News

House Bill 158 was signed into law in April as Public Act 102-0004 – HEALTH CARE & HUMAN SERVICES.  Ruby Mendenhall answers questions and provides highlights from the act in this brief interview.  Mendenhall is a University of Illinois professor of African American studies and sociology and the assistant dean for diversity and democratization of health innovation at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine.

The Illinois Library Association has gathered together the information you need regarding American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds for Illinois libraries.

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Legislative News, 05/20/2021

Federal news

Top 3 health care takeaways from Biden’s address [Roll Call, 4/29/21]
(1) To grant Medicare negotiation power to lower prescription drug costs and to expand Medicare, (2) to establish a permanent provision of lowering Affordable Care Act health care premiums, and (3) to found a new health care advanced research projects agency housed within NIH, to develop treatments for such diseases as cancer, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes.

Bill to watch
HB3149 To expand access to health care services for immigrants by removing legal and policy barriers to health insurance coverage, and for other purposes. Related article in Roll Call: Democrats unveil bill to expand immigrant health care access [5/12/21]

State news

This FAQ from Lexology, “Regarding Employer COVID-19 Vaccination and Return-to-Work Issues“, covers many questions that employers may have and specifically mentions proposed legislation in Illinois.

Once again, the Illinois Library Association has provided a noteworthy Legislative Update in the ILA Alert with lots of information on several items of interest.

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(via Charlotte Beyer, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science)

If you live in Illinois and are interested in participating in Capitol Hill Day this year for Illinois, I am the state coordinator this year. I hope to have the meetings between Monday, May 10, and Tuesday, May 18. They will be probably around 15-30 minutes (30 minutes at the very longest). If you are interested in participating, please let me know. We encourage our representatives to support things like NNLM, NIH, pandemic relief, and policies around data.

If you do not want to participate but you have a story on how funding through NNLM or NIH has impacted your institution or community, please let me know, as I can include the story in my meeting with the senators.

If you have any questions, please let me know, at charlotte.beyer@rosalindfranklin.edu. More information on the MLA Capitol Hill Meeting is available here.

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Legislative News, 04/20/2021

Federal news

The Great Undoing: Which of Trump’s [Health] Policies Will Biden Reverse? [Kaiser Health News, 4/14/2021]

  • Latest action: On April 14, HHS proposed new regulations that would return the Title X family planning program to the policies in effect pre-Trump.

Biden’s first budget request goes big on science [Science, 4/9/2021]

  • The National Institutes of Health (NIH) would grow by $9 billion, to $51 billion. That total includes $6.5 billion for a new entity, the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Health (ARPA-H), that would initially focus on research into cancer and other diseases such as diabetes and Alzheimer’s.
  • A $10 million NIH office funding research on climate change and human health would mushroom to $110 million. (A similar office at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] would also get a $100 million boost, to $110 million.) And Biden says he would double current spending on gun violence research at NIH and CDC, but provides no specific numbers.
  • CDC would get a $1.6 billion increase to $8.7 billion, which the White House claims is “the largest budget authority increase [for the agency] in nearly two decades.”

A yearslong push to ban hair discrimination is gaining momentum [PBS NewsHour, 3/30/21]

House reshapes approach to mental health and addiction [Roll Call, 3/16/2021]

Take Action: Ask your reps to support Build America’s Libraries Act [ALA]


State news

Looking for a podcast to keep you up to date on the latest legislative issues in Illinois?  Try State Week from NPR Illinois.

HB 158 has been sent to the Governor.  HB158 has a lot in it so here is a summary from Legiscan: “Creates the Community Health Worker Certification and Reimbursement Act. Amends various Acts regarding medical staff credentials; electronic posters and signs; N95 masks; Legionella bacteria testing; continuing education on implicit bias awareness; overdoses; the Prescription Monitoring Program; a dementia training program; taxation of blood sugar testing materials; funding of safety-net hospitals; a Child Care Assistance Program Eligibility Calculator; managed care organizations; Federally Qualified Health Centers; care coordination; billing; the Medicaid Business Opportunity Commission; reimbursement rates; doula services; personal care of family members; the State Health Assessment; the State Health Improvement Plan; child care training; and a Medicaid Managed Care Oversight Commission. Creates the Behavioral Health Workforce Education Center of Illinois Act. Creates the Underlying Causes of Crime and Violence Study Act. Creates the Special Commission on Gynecologic Cancer Act. Creates the Racial Impact Note Act to require the estimate of the impact on racial and ethnic minorities of certain bills. Creates the Health and Human Services Task Force and Study Act to review health and human service departments and programs. Creates the Anti-Racism Commission Act concerning elimination of systemic racism. Creates the Sickle Cell Prevention, Care, and Treatment Program Act regarding programs and other matters. Amends the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Act in relation to the Health Facilities and Services Review Board, facility closure, and other matters. Creates the Medicaid Technical Assistance Act. Repeals, adds, and changes other provisions. Effective immediately.”

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Legislative News, 03/16/2021

Federal news

Bill passed

H.R.1319 — American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 [became Public Law No. 117-2 on 3/11/2021]

Specifically, the bill provides funding for [see full list of provisions at the above link]

  • schools and institutions of higher education;
  • COVID-19 vaccinations, testing, treatment, and prevention;
  • mental health and substance-use disorder services;
  • programs for health care workers, transportation workers, federal employees, veterans, and other targeted populations;
  • scientific research and development;
  • state, territorial, and tribal capital projects that enable work, education, and health monitoring in response to COVID-19; and
  • health care providers in rural areas.

The bill also includes provisions that

  • provide premium assistance for certain health insurance coverage; and
  • require coverage, without cost-sharing, of COVID-19 vaccines and treatment under Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

Pandemic Aid Package Includes Relief From High Premiums [Kaiser Health News, 3/9/21]

The just-passed COVID relief bill has “strengthen[ed] the Affordable Care Act with some of the most significant changes to insurance affordability in more than a decade.” The temporary changes pave the way for the possibility of a permanent revision of the ACA.

KHN has more on how the new law affects health in their podcast episode, Expanding the ACA in an Unpredicted Way.

What the American Rescue Plan Act Means for Libraries [American Libraries, 3/12/21]

“Act provides historic levels of new funding for IMLS, E-Rate, and other programs.”

HHS data highlights negative effects of work requirements [Roll Call, 3/11/21]

“…efforts by states to seek work requirements or capped funding result in reduced enrollment and access to care.”


State news

Our Illinois legislators are back at work, and there are many bills and amendments being proposed right now.  They are looking at everything from amending the Election Code to creating a Vegetable Garden Protection Act. For a listing and a summary, visit https://legiscan.com/IL/legislation.


A couple of recent articles from the State Journal-Register:


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