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The Majority Report 10/13/17 - Tom Cullerton announces new nationwide Veteran ID to help fight identity theft


Celebrating Hispanic Heritage MonthCelebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

In observance of Hispanic Heritage Month, senators reflected on the contributions Latinos have made in transforming America and building a better future. Hispanics are embedded in every aspect of American history from entertainment to civil rights to agriculture and beyond. Recognizing Hispanics that paved the path for current generations empowers young people to continue creating opportunities for those to come.

View the senators' remarks HERE.


Tom Cullerton announces new nationwide Veteran ID to help fight identity theft

Sen. Tom CullertonState Senator Tom Cullerton, a Villa Park Democrat, announced last week that qualifying Illinois veterans will now have easy access to Veteran Identification Cards or VICs starting in November.
"Illinois veterans will have a nationwide standardized method to prove their military service without the added risks of identity theft," Cullerton said. "Our military men and women should not have to jump through hoops to receive benefits they qualify for.  This small step will honor our military's bravery and serve as a reminder that we must never forget the sacrifices they have made for our great nation."

Read more HERE.




Murphy and Mulroe work to increase early detection of breast cancer

Sens. Laura Murphy and John G. MulroeDemocratic state senators Laura Murphy and John G. Mulroe are working to reduce the rate of breast cancer in Illinois by passing legislation that removes barriers to early detection and advanced medical care.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. According to a study by the Illinois Department of Public Health, 26 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in Illinois every day.

Murphy, of Des Plaines, proposed a measure earlier this year that requires insurance companies to cover an MRI if a patient is diagnosed with dense breast tissue. Studies show that dense breast tissue can be up to six times more likely to develop cancer. An MRI can find an additional 8 percent of breast cancers that go undetected by mammograms and ultrasounds.

The measure became law and will go into effect Jan. 1, 2018.

In July 2016, a law sponsored by Mulroe requiring insurance companies to begin covering 3D mammograms went into effect. This technology, also known as tomosynthesis, takes a multidimensional view of the breast during a screening, rather than a single-dimension view.

As a result, 3D mammography more accurately screens for breast cancer than standard mammography. It is especially effective in dense breast tissue where cancer signs are often missed.

Nationally, one in every eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. It's the second leading cause of cancer death in women.


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