On behalf of Alton Memorial Hospital and its patients, employees and Board of Directors, I want to express our deep appreciation to State Senator William Haine and State Representative Dan Beiser for voting “yes” on Senate Bill 788, critical legislation to support health care in our community.
Not only will Senate Bill 788 save the state $411 million through a combination of cuts, savings, fraud and abuse reductions, and increased federal funds, it will help ensure that the most vulnerable in our community — children, senior citizens, families, people with disabilities or mental illness – will be able to receive the health care they need when they need it.
Alton Memorial Hospital and hospitals across Illinois strongly supported this legislation as a reasonable and sensible approach to controlling health care costs for our state without sacrificing needed patient care. As a part of Senate Bill 788, hospitals agreed to contribute their share to address the state budget by paying a higher assessment to the state to preserve federal matching funds for health care services under the Medicaid program.
Senator Haine and Representative Beiser are to be commended for recognizing the important role of their hospitals in providing high-quality health care services, keeping the local economy strong, and transforming Medicaid and the health care system for better outcomes and lower costs. As the General Assembly works to finalize the state budget this summer, we urge our local legislators to continue supporting the key health care provisions of Senate Bill 788 — and to make sure they are included in the final budget package.
President, Alton Memorial Hospital
It seems like we all have family, friends or neighbors who have been victims of identity theft. We’ve all heard the stories of the long hours and hundreds of dollars it took to undo the damage caused by an identity thief. In an effort to help people in our community protect themselves against identity thieves, state Sen. Bill Haine and I will be hosting a free Community Shred Day.
Identity thieves can obtain personal information in a variety of ways, including rummaging through trash to obtain documents filled with important information. Everyone needs to be careful with this information and take the necessary precautions to safeguard their personal data.
Our free Community Shred Day aims to help people safely and securely destroy sensitive documents. Please join me on Saturday, June 13 from 9 a.m. until noon in the parking lot of Sen. Haine’s office, located at 307 Henry St. in Alton.
There is no cost to attend the Community Shred Day. Residents are encouraged to bring any papers, computer disks, tapes or hard drives to be securely destroyed. There is a two-box limit per car, and cardboard boxes cannot be left at the event.
The Community Shred Day will be a great way to ensure personal information does not get into the wrong hands. For more information about our free Community Shred Day, contact my constituent service office at (618) 465-5900.
State Representative, 111th District
Each year on June 14 we celebrate Flag Day in honor of the 1777 adoption of the American flag. The American flag represents many things to many people, including patriotism, freedom, liberty, fairness and hope.
As a veteran myself, I believe the American flag also represents sacrifice — specifically, the sacrifice that our military veterans have made to ensure the United States of America remains the greatest country on earth. Our service men and women deserve our respect, appreciation and gratitude.
Nothing pleases me more than giving back to our military veterans. That is why I am pleased to highlight a law that takes effect July 1 that will allow U.S. military veterans to obtain a driver’s license or ID card marked “Veteran.” Veterans who have received an honorable or general under honorable conditions discharge qualify.
The process is simple. Veterans must first obtain official certification from the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs. They can do so by visiting one of the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs offices throughout the state and providing a copy of their DD-214 or Certification of Military Service (NA Form 13038). For more information, please contact the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs at 1-800-437-9824 or visit www.illinois.gov/veterans.
Once the necessary certification is obtained from an Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs office, the veteran may apply for a new, renewal or corrected driver’s license or ID card at any Secretary of State Driver Service’s facility. The driver’s license or ID card will contain the word “Veteran” printed in blue directly beneath the signature on the front of the card.
I had the honor of serving as a paratrooper in the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division and as a member of the Illinois National Guard and Reserve. There is no greater honor than serving your country, and our veterans can now proudly display their service on their driver’s license or ID card, which will help them receive the services and benefits they richly deserve.
Illinois Secretary of State