03012017CM0381WebJOLIET – State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) is excited to announce the Joliet Fire Department is receiving $200,000 from the state loan program for new equipment.

“Our fire departments work tirelessly to keep our communities safe,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “The state has a responsibility to help our fire departments obtain vital equipment to keep residents and emergency service personnel as safe as possible.”

The Ambulance Revolving Loan is designed to assist departments or cities in purchasing emergency equipment they may not be able to otherwise afford. It is administered by the Illinois State Fire Marshal and Illinois Finance Authority.

Under the ARLP program, units of local government like municipalities, townships, fire departments, fire protection districts and certain categories of not-for-profit organizations can apply for no-interest or low-interest loans of up to $200,000 to spend on equipment. These loans must be repaid in 10 years.

Precription Affordability Coverage 2019 RSCREST HILL – State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant is partnering with the AARP to host a free workshop – Prescription Affordability and Coverage on Thursday, Nov. 7 from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the White Oak Library – Crest Hill Branch.

Seniors are the age group that spends the most money for their prescription drugs as well as their retiree health care.

“Residents on a fixed income are struggling to keep up with the rising costs of prescription drugs,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “This informative workshop will help connect residents with updated information on state and federal programs to help ease the financial burden of necessary medications.”

Courtney Hedderman of AARP Illinois will present latest information on federal and state prescription drug affordability measures as well as Medicare open enrollment details.

Bertino-Tarrant most recently championed a measure in the Senate to cap out-of-pocket costs for insulin.

“People living with diabetes don’t have the option of choosing whether or not they want to use insulin, and the fact that some do have to make that choice is unacceptable,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “Lifesaving medications should be affordable. Corporations need to stop placing profits over people.”

Bertino-Tarrant urges residents to reach out to her office at (815) 254-4211 or visit www.SenatorBertinoTarrant.com with any questions or concerns.

02062019CM0116PLAINFIELD – State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant helped pass a measure to make insulin more affordable for Will and Kendall County residents.

Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) is a chief co-sponsor of Senate Bill 667, which caps the out-of-pocket costs for patients to $100 for a 30-day supply of prescription insulin. It passed the Senate with bipartisan support.

“Families across Will and Kendall Counties should not have to choose between basic necessities and paying for life-saving prescription drugs,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “It is time for the state to intervene to ensure greedy corporations are not placing profits before people.”

People with Type 1 and some with Type 2 diabetes need the medication, but regular price hikes make insulin difficult to afford for the uninsured and those whose coverage requires significant cost sharing.

Senate Bill 667 also directs the Attorney General's office to investigate reasons for rising prescription insulin costs to ensure sufficient consumer protections. The Attorney General's office will issue a one-time report detailing its findings and make public policy recommendations for controlling and preventing overpricing of prescription insulin.

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2019 Veterans BreakfastPLAINFIELD – Will County veterans are invited to an information breakfast on Wednesday, Oct. 16 from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the Plainfield American Legion (24741 W. Renwick Rd., Plainfield).

State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant is working with representatives from state and local agencies to hold this informational event as a token of appreciation for servicemen and women across the region.

“We cannot thank our veterans enough for their service and sacrifice,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “Events like this annual breakfast serve as a way to show our gratitude and support for our nation’s heroes and their families.”

Representatives from the Attorney General’s Military and Veterans Rights Bureau, Will County Clerk Lauren Staley-Ferry’s Office, Inspire Heroes, Honor Flight Chicago, Veterans Assistance Commission of Kendall County, Will County Veterans Assistance Commission will be on hand to discuss services and program they offer.

The Veterans’ Breakfast will also feature guest speaker, Acting Director Linda Chapa LaVia, from the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs. She will discuss functions of the bureau as well as its past and current initiatives.

People wanting to attend the breakfast should RSVP online or with Samantha in Bertino-Tarrant’s Plainfield office at (815) 254-4211.

Bertino-Tarrant has been a champion for veterans. She sponsored a numerous laws including the creation of a program at the Illinois Finance Authority that allows veterans to apply for and receive a loan to start a business.

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