american flagPLAINFIELD– State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant wishes veterans across the region a happy Veterans Day.

Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) urges residents to look for opportunities to thank local veterans on Monday, Nov. 11 and throughout the year.

“Veterans Day serves as a reminder of the sacrifices our brave heroes have made to protect our democratic rights and freedoms,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “I urge residents to take time this month to reach out to the veterans in your life to thank them for their great service to our nation and community.”

Bertino-Tarrant pushed a number of veterans’ initiatives this year including streamlining the process for Illinois veterans to receive state identification cards or driver’s licenses with a veteran designation, recognizing missing veterans at state airports, and securing funding for veterans programs and state homes to better serve servicemen and -women.

“These new laws are our way of showing appreciation for all they do to keep us safe,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “I will continue to look for ways to help streamline processes, ease the stress of transitioning back to civilian life and better serve our veterans, servicemen and -women and military families.”

Bertino-Tarrant urges veterans, service men and women and military families to reach out to her office at (815) 254-4211 for help connecting with state and local assistance programs.

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 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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