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Full Text of HR0792  102nd General Assembly

HR0792 102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY


  

 


 
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HOUSE RESOLUTION

 
2    WHEREAS, The Illinois Association of Free & Charitable
3Clinics improves access to quality health care for 100,000
4low-income individuals who are uninsured or underinsured by
5strengthening free and charitable clinics, fostering
6partnerships, educating the public, and advocating for health
7policy; and
 
8    WHEREAS, According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2021, the
9number of Illinois residents with health insurance declined,
10and health care for 800,000 residents in Illinois is
11imminently needed; and
 
12    WHEREAS, Free and charitable clinics have a mission to
13serve the uninsured and underinsured by providing a range of
14health care services, including medical, dental,
15pharmaceutical, and mental and behavioral health; and
 
16    WHEREAS, Free and charitable clinics provide community
17health resources that include COVID tests and vaccines as well
18as health education and services on a wide range of topics,
19including diabetes hypertension, diet, exercise, home health,
20and medicine administration; and
 
21    WHEREAS, The Illinois Association of Free & Charitable

 

 

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1Clinics operates over 52 free and charitable clinics across
2Illinois that are located in both rural and urban areas of the
3State, providing visits to approximately 40,000 patients
4annually; and
 
5    WHEREAS, Doctors, nurses, and other health care
6professionals have provided more than 580,000 thousand
7volunteer hours of medical care, administered over 15,000
8COVID-19 vaccines, cared for over 42,000 patients in the
9clinics, and reached over 60,000 in community outreach and
10engagement; and
 
11    WHEREAS, Free and charitable clinics in Illinois are truly
12an invaluable resource for Illinois residents who are without
13insurance or are underinsured and provide access to
14life-saving medical care that would otherwise be unavailable
15or more costly; therefore, be it
 
16    RESOLVED, BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE ONE
17HUNDRED SECOND GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that
18we declare August of 2022 as "Free and Charitable Clinic
19Month" in the State of Illinois in order to create community
20awareness of the mission and availability of free and
21charitable clinics across the State so that residents who are
22without insurance or are underinsured can receive access to
23vital medical care; and be it further
 

 

 

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1    RESOLVED, That we express our gratitude and admiration for
2the important work the many free and charitable clinics,
3volunteer doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals
4do for our great citizens throughout the State of Illinois;
5and be it further
 
6    RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
7presented to the Illinois Association of Free & Charitable
8Clinics as a symbol of our respect and esteem.