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Full Text of HB0687  93rd General Assembly

HB0687sam001 93rd General Assembly



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 1                     AMENDMENT TO HOUSE BILL 687

 2        AMENDMENT NO.     .  Amend House Bill  687  by  replacing
 3    everything after the enacting clause with the following:

 4        "Section  5.  The  Department of Public Health Powers and
 5    Duties Law of the Civil Administrative Code  of  Illinois  is
 6    amended  by  adding Sections 2310-376, 2310-377, and 2310-378
 7    as follows:

 8        (20 ILCS 2310/2310-376 new)
 9        Sec. 2310-376.  Hepatitis C education and outreach.
10        (a)  The Illinois General Assembly finds and declares the
11    following:
12             (1)  The  World  Health  Organization  characterizes
13        Hepatitis C as a disease of primary concern to humanity.
14             (2)  Hepatitis C is considered a silent  killer;  no
15        recognizable  signs  or symptoms occur until severe liver
16        damage has occurred.
17             (3)  Studies  indicate   that   nearly   4   million
18        Americans (1.8 percent of the population) carry the virus
19        HCV that causes the disease.
20             (4)  30,000  acute new infections occur each year in
21        the  United  States,  and  only  25  to  30  percent  are
22        diagnosed.
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 1             (5)  8,000 to 10,000 Americans die from the  disease
 2        each year.
 3             (6)  200,000  Illinois residents may be carriers and
 4        could develop the  debilitating  and  potentially  deadly
 5        liver disease.
 6             (7)  Inmates   of  correctional  facilities  have  a
 7        higher incidence of Hepatitis C and, upon their  release,
 8        present   a   significant  health  risk  to  the  general
 9        population.
10        (b)  Subject  to  appropriation,  the  Department   shall
11    conduct  an  education  and outreach campaign, in addition to
12    its overall effort to prevent infectious disease in Illinois,
13    in order to raise awareness about and promote  prevention  of
14    Hepatitis C.

15        (20 ILCS 2310/2310-377 new)
16        Sec. 2310-377.  Lupus education and outreach.
17        (a)  The Illinois General Assembly finds and declares the
18    following:
19             (1)  Lupus   is  a  chronic,  incurable  auto-immune
20        disease of unknown origin that mainly  affects  women  of
21        childbearing  age,  is  difficult to diagnose, and causes
22        severe, potentially life-threatening organ damage.
23             (2)  The Lupus Foundation of America estimates  that
24        1.4 million people in the U.S. have a form of lupus.
25             (3)  Lupus  causes  the  immune system to attack the
26        body's healthy cells and tissues producing  skin  damage,
27        rheumatoid  arthritis,  life-threatening  inflammation of
28        multiple major organs, and a potentially fatal failure of
29        the renal, circulatory, or central nervous system.
30             (4)  Symptoms include joint pain, rash, unusual loss
31        of hair, unexplained fever, low blood counts, sensitivity
32        to the sun, and fingers that turn  pale  or  purple  when
33        exposed to cold.
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 1             (5)  According to the Lupus Foundation of America, a
 2        survey of its members revealed that more than half of all
 3        people  with  lupus  suffered  4  or  more years and were
 4        examined by 3 or more doctors before obtaining a  correct
 5        diagnosis.
 6             (6)  According to the Center for Disease Control and
 7        Prevention,  the  number  of lupus-related deaths between
 8        1979 and 1988 increased  dramatically;  African  American
 9        women,  ages  45-64,  experienced  a  70%  increase,  the
10        largest  increase  among  all  groups  in  the  20  years
11        studied.
12        (b)  Subject   to  appropriation,  the  Department  shall
13    conduct an education and outreach campaign in order to  raise
14    awareness  about  the  symptoms  and  treatment  of  lupus, a
15    potentially life-threatening disease.

16        (20 ILCS 2310/2310-378 new)
17        Sec. 2310-378.  Wilson's disease.
18        (a)  The Illinois General Assembly finds and declares the
19    following:
20             (1)  Wilson's disease is an  inherited  disorder  in
21        which  excessive amounts of copper accumulate in the body
22        and  can  cause  liver  disease   and   neurological   or
23        psychiatric disorders; and
24             (2)  successful treatment is available for sufferers
25        of  Wilson's  disease  but, without proper treatment, the
26        disease is generally fatal by the age of 30.
27        (b)  Subject to appropriation, the Department shall:  (i)
28    conduct  a public health information campaign for physicians,
29    hospitals, health facilities, public health departments,  and
30    the  general public on Wilson's disease, methods of care, and
31    treatment modalities available;  (ii)  identify  and  catalog
32    Wilson's disease resources in this State for distribution and
33    referral   purposes;   and  (iii)  coordinate  services  with
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 1    established programs, including State, federal, and voluntary
 2    groups.".