Rep. Wehrli Champions New Laws that Benefit Illinois Women, Children and Families

State Representative Grant Wehrli (R-Naperville) championed several bills this year that put new protective measures in place for children’s health and welfare, and improve health care access for women and families. Over the last few weeks, several of the bills were signed into law.

“These are bipartisan initiatives that respond to important issues involving women, children and families,” said Wehrli. “We’re cracking down on child predators and unfit parents, improving student safety during the school day, and taking additional steps to battle human trafficking. We’re also addressing gaps in health care and insurance that will improve patient outcomes for women and children.”

The following bills for which Wehrli served as either a Chief Co-Sponsor or Co-Sponsor were recently signed into law:

Children’s Health & Welfare
HB 1561: Requires stakeholders to work together in order to keep schools safe and free of violence by using a consistent, defined evaluation process to assess threats; also provides a founding source for school resource officers and mental health professionals.

HB 3101: Requires hotels and motels to train employees who routinely interact with guests in the recognition of human trafficking and protocols for reporting observed human trafficking to proper authorities.

SB 218: Adds several new offenses to the list of criminal convictions of the parent that require DCFS to request that parental rights be terminated.

SB 456: Addresses the sexual abuse scandal within Chicago Public Schools and other schools with comprehensive measures that address educator misconduct and current loopholes in the educator licensure code that allow bad actors to remain employed in schools.

SB 1778: Reorganizes the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act by mandating training for all mandated reporters; also adds clergy members to the list of mandated reporters and implements a public awareness program.

Women’s & Family Health Care
HB 465: Provides those who take pharmaceutical drugs with relief at the cash register. The new law will give customers more options for cheaper drugs, prevent the denial of emergency medical treatment to expecting mothers, allow pharmacists to recommend less expensive drugs, create a state registration for Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBM) and hold those PBMs accountable.

HB 2846: Creates billing and diagnosis codes that ensure insurance coverage for children being treated for autoimmune encephalitis, pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with strep infections or pediatric acute onset of neuropsychiatric syndrome (PANDAS/PANS).

HB 3113: Requires insurance coverage with no deductible of yearly full-body skin examinations for the detection of skin cancer.

SB 162: Mandates insurance coverage of comprehensive ultrasound screenings when dense breast tissue impedes clear imaging through traditional mammogram technology. “The General Assembly made great strides this year with regard to legislation that will assist women, children and families, and I was proud to be involved with the passage of every one of these bills,” added Wehrli. “My legislative efforts in these areas will continue through the remainder of 2019 and in 2020.”

Earlier in the summer, Governor signed HB 2135, for which Wehrli served as the Chief Co-Sponsor. The bill removes the statute of limitations for prosecuting sexual assault offences in Illinois.

“The General Assembly made great strides this year with regard to legislation that will assist women, children and families, and I was proud to be involved with the passage of every one of these bills,” added Wehrli. “My legislative efforts in these areas will continue through the remainder of 2019 and in 2020.”