Senator Terry Link welcomed students from Hawthorn Middle School North and Greenwood Elementary for Tech Day in the Capitol. Students displayed exhibits about their tech-savvy projects.

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 Senator Terry LInk was pleased to welcome representatives of several area park districts on Tuesday for Parks Day at the Capitol. Link greeted professionals from Gurnee, Mundelein, Vernon Hills, Waukegan and Wheeling Park Districts.

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Link041113br0011Victims of childhood sexual abuse would no longer face legal deadlines regarding how long they have to seek damages from their abusers, under legislation state Sen. Terry Link passed out of the Illinois Senate this week.

 

“I don’t know how you put an expiration date on being scarred for life,” Link said after his legislation, Senate Bill 1399, was approved 48-4. It now advances to the Illinois House for further consideration.

 

Current state law imposes a 20-year deadline for a sexual abuse victim to file a lawsuit against the abuser. More specifically, the victim has 20 years from the date that he or she knew of the abuse to go to court.

 

Link’s plan simply eliminates that deadline so a victim could sue for damages at any time.

 

“There should not be a limited time frame for when someone who was abused as a child can sue the abuser,” Link said. “Victims struggle with this throughout their lives. The current law serves only to reward abusers who basically get away with it for a long enough time. We need to start protecting the victims and worrying about their rights.”

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Link-Jones-022813br0505“Thousands of low income people are now using emergency rooms as their primary care doctors. It is negatively impacting their long-term health as well as hospital and state finances,” Link said. “This would allow them to be covered by Medicaid with the federal government covering the cost. It’s a common senseplan that I’m happy to support,” said State Senator Terry Link (D- Waukegan).

 

 

 

Key components of Senate Bill 26:

  • All adults with incomes at or below 138 percent of the Federal Poverty Limit ($15,415 for an individual) will be able to enroll in Medicaid starting January 1, 2014. Currently, adults are eligible for Medicaid only if they have disabilities or care for dependent children.
  • The federal government will reimburse Illinois for 100 percent of the costs of covering these newly eligible enrollees through 2017.
  • The reimbursement rate will decrease gradually after 2017 but stay at 90 percent after 2020.
  • If the federal government fails to reimburse the state at 90 percent or above, the newly eligible clients will become ineligible; Illinois will not be stuck with the bill.

Expected benefits include:

  • Access to routine, coordinated care for 342,000 low-income adults
  • Fewer unnecessary and uncompensated emergency room visits
  • An influx of $1.1 billion in federal dollars in the first year and more than $12 billion in federal funds in the first eight years of the expansion
  • Job creation in the health care sector
  • $105 million in annual savings to the state as federal funds replace state expenditures on mental health, HIV/AIDS drugs and other areas of spending
  • A reduction in the burden on hospitals and local government currently caring for the uninsured
  • Better preventive care and mental health care for a vulnerable segment of the population
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