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Full Text of SJR0049  101st General Assembly




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(As Amended by Senate Amendment No. 1)

3    WHEREAS, Chronic Kidney Disease is the 9th leading cause of
4death in the United States; an estimated 31 million people in
5the United States have chronic kidney disease; over 1.12
6million people in the State of Illinois are living with the
7disease; early chronic kidney disease has no signs or symptoms
8and, without early detection, can progress to kidney failure;
10    WHEREAS, If a person has high blood pressure, heart
11disease, diabetes, or a family history of kidney failure, the
12risk of kidney disease is greater; in Illinois, 13% of all
13adults have diabetes, and 32% have high blood pressure; the
14prevalence of diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension is
15higher for African Americans, who develop kidney failure at a
16rate of nearly 4 to 1 compared to Caucasians, while Hispanics
17develop kidney failure at a rate of 2 to 1; almost half of the
18people waiting for a kidney in Illinois identify as African
19American, but, in 2017, less than 10% of them received a
20kidney; and
21    WHEREAS, Although dialysis is a life-extending treatment,
22the best and most cost effective treatment for kidney failure
23is a kidney transplant; currently, the wait in Illinois for a



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1deceased donor kidney is 5-7 years, and, everyday, 13 people
2die while waiting; and
3    WHEREAS, If chronic kidney disease is detected early and
4managed appropriately, the individual can receive treatment
5sooner to help protect the kidneys, the deterioration in kidney
6function can be slowed or even stopped, and the risk of
7associated cardiovascular complications and other
8complications can be reduced; therefore, be it
11CONCURRING HEREIN, that the Kidney Disease Prevention and
12Education Task Force is created to work directly with
13educational institutions to create health education programs
14to increase awareness of and to examine chronic kidney disease,
15transplantations, living and deceased kidney donation, and the
16existing disparity in the rates of those afflicted between
17Caucasians and minorities; and be it further
18    RESOLVED, That the Task Force will also be expected to
19develop a sustainable plan to raise awareness about early
20detection, promote health equity, and reduce the burden of
21kidney disease throughout the State, which should include an
22ongoing campaign that would include health education workshops
23and seminars, relevant research, and preventative screenings,



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1and promote social media campaigns and TV and radio
2commercials; and be it further
3    RESOLVED, That membership of the Task Force shall be as
5        (1) One member of the Senate, appointed by the Senate
6    President, who shall serve as Co-Chair;
7        (2) One member of the House of Representatives,
8    appointed by the Speaker of the House, who shall serve as
9    Co-Chair;
10        (3) One member of the House of Representatives,
11    appointed by the Minority Leader of the House;
12        (4) One member of the Senate, appointed by the Senate
13    Minority Leader;
14        (5) One member representing the Department of Public
15    Health, appointed by the Governor;
16        (6) One member representing the Department of
17    Healthcare and Family Services, appointed by the Governor;
18        (7) One member representing a medical center in a
19    county with a population of more 3 million residents,
20    appointed by the Co-Chairs;
21        (8) One member of a statewide association representing
22    physicians licensed to practice medicine in all its
23    branches in Illinois;
24        (9) One member representing a not-for-profit organ
25    procurement organization, appointed by the Co-Chairs;



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1        (10) One member representing a national non-profit
2    research kidney organization in the State of Illinois,
3    appointed by the Co-Chairs; and
4        (11) The Secretary of State or his or her designee; and
5    be it further
6    RESOLVED, That members of the Task Force shall serve
7without compensation; and be it further
8    RESOLVED, That the Department of Public Health shall
9provide administrative support to the Task Force; and be it
11    RESOLVED, That the Task Force shall submit its final report
12to the General Assembly on or before December 31, 2020 and,
13upon the filing of its final report, is dissolved.