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Collins passes plan to fight rising maternal and infant mortality rates

collins maternal 051719SPRINGFIELD – All portions of a comprehensive plan to combat rising maternal mortality rates, sponsored by State Senator Jacqueline Collins, have passed the Illinois Senate.

“I’m gratified to see this legislative package pass without opposition in the Senate,” Collins said Friday as the Illinois Senate passed House Bills 3 and 5, two of the legislative package’s bills. “We bring this plan forward to fight against an environment where women’s concerns over their bodies and their children’s well-being are diminished or ignored, often in ways that can be deadly for women of color in particular. This data-driven plan will seek solutions for this widespread public health concern and guide us in how to act.”

Collins passes first parts of plan to fight rising maternal and infant mortality rates

collins maternal 051719SPRINGFIELD – In response to the alarming trend of rising maternal mortality rates, State Senator Jacqueline Collins oversaw the passage today of the first two components of a wide-ranging legislative plan to improve pregnancy and postpartum care for Illinois mothers.

“As grim as the outlook for all mothers in our country looks today, it is even worse for women of color,” Collins said Friday as the Illinois Senate passed two of the legislative package’s bills. “A woman is never second-guessed as often as during motherhood, and yet this concern seems chiefly to have resulted in an environment where women are not believed, their wishes not respected, and their wellbeing not prioritized. This legislation’s aim is to give women power over their own care and to create a data-driven plan to provide women of color in particular the meaningful support before, during and after pregnancy that they are being denied.”

Senate passes Collins nursing home accountability plan: Legislation targets dangerously low staffing levels, consent for medication

Senator CollinsSPRINGFIELD – Responding to staffing levels in Illinois nursing homes that are among the lowest in the nation and at the heart of severe safety issues for residents, State Senator Jacqueline Collins passed a plan out of the Illinois Senate yesterday to enforce mandatory staffing levels and increase transparency around nursing home practices.

“Reporting by the Chicago Tribune and Kaiser Health News has revealed a clear picture of what many families in Illinois already have seen firsthand: Most nursing homes in Illinois are understaffed and resorting to practices which are unsafe for our elders and the personnel who care for them,” Collins said. “Bed sores, deadly infections and the administration of psychotropic drugs without clear consent are all recipes for disaster. That disaster is happening right now.”

Collins calls for crackdown on nursing home violations, safeguards for residents and their families

collins 030619SPRINGFIELD – Following an investigation by Chicago Tribune/Kaiser Health News revealing wide dissatisfaction in nursing home care and illuminating the burden it places on the families of elders, State Senator Jacqueline Collins introduced legislation today designed to enhance nursing home residents’ quality of care.

“It has been both heartbreaking and motivating to me, through my work, to see how devastating it can be for an entire family when a loved one receives inadequate care in a nursing home,” said Collins (D-Chicago) in announcing Senate Bill 1510 at the state capitol to reporters today.

Sen. Jacqueline Y. Collins

16th Senate District

Years served:
2003 - Present

Committee assignments: Committee of the Whole; Financial Institutions (Chairperson); Insurance; Transportation.

Biography: Full-time state legislator. Born December 10th in McComb, Mississippi. Studied journalism at Northwestern University; MA from Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government; MA in Human Services Administration from Spertus College; MA in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School, June 2003. Former Emmy Award-nominated news editor at CBS-TV in Chicago, and 2001 Legislative Fellow with United States Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Associated Representatives:
Mary E. Flowers
André Thapedi