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Murphy paves the way for cancer patients' fertility preservation

murphy 041718DES PLAINES — Moved by the stories of young cancer patients who are unable to have children of their own, State Senator Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines) sponsored a new law to help them access fertility preservation services.

“Undergoing treatment for cancer is difficult enough for patients without also having to worry about its impact on their future plans for a family,” Murphy said. “This is a preventative solution to address the effects of medically-necessary procedures that can render patients infertile.”

House Bill 2617 requires insurers to cover standard fertility preservation services when a necessary medical procedure, such as radiation, chemotherapy and surgery, could cause infertility. Fertility preservation services, such as freezing eggs or sperm, would be completed prior to the medical procedure that could lead to infertility.

“I hope that this new law will provide some peace of mind to young patients who have been dealt a difficult diagnosis,” Murphy said.

Currently, employers with 25 or more full-time employees who provide pregnancy-related benefits are required to provide coverage for infertility treatment, though some restrictions apply. Additionally, plans sold through the Affordable Care Act cover regular infertility treatment but do not cover fertility preservation services.

This legislation, which was signed into law today, takes effect on Jan. 1, 2019.

Murphy law guarantees wait-list details to public housing applicants

murphy 041118DES PLAINES – Public housing applicants will be able to learn where they are on the waiting list under a new law sponsored by State Senator Laura Murphy, bringing more transparency to a placement process that can take years in some communities because of the high demand for affordable housing.

“People who rely on public housing already suffer from limited resources,” Murphy (D – Des Plaines) said. “Ensuring them the opportunity to learn their place in line gives them the ability to budget these resources so they don’t run out over the course of a potentially long wait.”

Senate Bill 3081, which was signed into law Tuesday, says public housing operators must provide information about an applicant’s position on the wait list within 10 business days upon request.

The measure passed the Senate and the House with bipartisan support and is effective immediately.

Murphy helps spread information about bone marrow donations

marrow donor 082218SPRINGFIELD – To increase the donor pool of a lifesaving medical procedure, a new law sponsored by State Senator Laura Murphy will increase awareness of bone marrow donations in Illinois.

Senate Bill 3062, which was signed into law today, requires the Department of Public Health to develop and disseminate information about the National Bone Marrow Donor Program. The informational materials will talk about the existence of the program and how to join it, the need for bone marrow donations, the types of patients who benefit from bone marrow donations, and how to acquire free swab kits in order to self-test one’s compatibility as a donor.

Murphy delivers justice for Buddy

murphy buddy 050218DES PLAINES —Less than two years after his tragic death, State Senator Laura Murphy secured justice for Buddy.

“I am so relieved that we finally have justice for Buddy,” said Murphy, a Democrat from Des Plaines. “This legislation will hold owners responsible if their dog kills another dog.”

Buddy was a 10-year-old Yorkie from Hanover Park who was attacked and killed by a neighbor’s dogs in 2017. Today the governor signed Murphy’s proposal to crack down on owners of dangerous animals.

Sen. Laura Murphy

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28th District

Years served:
2015 - Present

Committee assignments:
Appropriations I; Appropriations II; Criminal Law; Higher Education; Revenue.

Biography: Park Ridge native; B.S. in Political Science from Illinois State University; former Des Plaines alderman; currently lives in Des Plaines with her husband and son.