MACOMB –State Representative Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) announces her legislation that would require the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) to review their rules for grandparent visitation and continue to review and update their rules allowing for grandparent visitation every five years thereafter was signed by the Governor on Tuesday afternoon.

Under the provisions of the new law, DCFS will be required to update their rules granting visitation privileges to a non-custodial grandparent of a child who is in the care and custody of the Department within six months of the bill becoming law and every five years thereafter.  “We know that there are many grandparents that would like the ability to visit their grandchildren who are in the care of DCFS.  This common-sense bill would allow these grandparents that opportunity,” said Rep. Hammond from Springfield on Wednesday.

Rep. Hammond went on to say, “it is critically important for these children to maintain familial connections with their grandparents when appropriate.  We know when appropriate, grandparents should have the opportunity to play an intricate role in their grandchildren’s lives.  This bill simply requires DCFS to be cognizant of that benefit to the child and arrange for visitations that benefit the child.”

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MACOMB –State Representative Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) announces her legislation to increase information on diabetes and cardiovascular complications available to health care consumers in Illinois was signed by Governor Rauner on Monday.

Under current law, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is required to publish risk-adjusted mortality rates for each hospital in Illinois based on information the hospitals already report pursuant to public health reporting laws.  This Hospital Report Card gives consumers access to information about the quality and safety of health care provided in Illinois hospitals.  Hammond’s legislation adds additional public reporting on diabetes and cardiovascular complications, which are relevant to patient safety.

“Diabetes and cardiovascular complications is the number one driver of health care costs in the nation.  By including these health issues in these reports, we will allow consumers to make better health care choices,” said Rep. Hammond.

Hammond encouraged residents of the 93rd district to contact her with questions or concerns on this or any other state issue. Hammond’s Macomb district office can be contacted at (309) 836-2707 and she can be reached via e-mail at rephammond@macomb.com. Constituents can also visit her legislative website at www.norinehammond.org to sign up for her electronic newsletter.

Hammond represents all or part of Brown, Cass, Fulton, Knox, Mason, McDonough, Schuyler and Warren counties.
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