Crowe pushes for insurance coverage for breast milk

Published: Thursday, May 09, 2019 03:45 PM

crowe 050919SPRINGFIELD – Mothers needing donated breast milk would benefit under new legislation carried by State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon).

The initiative would require insurance companies to cover costs of pasteurized donated human breast milk for mothers in Illinois.

“Mothers incapable of producing milk should still have access to the benefits and nutrients of milk for their newborns,” Crowe said.

Under the measure for coverage, the milk must come from a milk bank licensed by the Illinois Department of Public Health. To qualify, the mother must be unable to produce milk to meet the infant’s needs, and the infant must also be critically ill.

House Bill 3509 passed the Senate Insurance Committee and will go before the full Senate for further consideration.

Crowe seeks coverage of life-saving monitors for children

Published: Wednesday, May 08, 2019 04:50 PM

Senator CroweSPRINGFIELD – Insurance companies would be required to provide heart and lung monitors to children under legislation being carried by State Senator Rachelle Crowe.

This legislation expands health coverage on cardiopulmonary monitors for minors who have had complications in the past and remain at a higher risk for other problems.

“Putting a price tag on a child’s health is disgraceful,” Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) said. “Children living with heart or lung conditions deserve the tools necessary to keep them alive.”

The measure was brought to Crowe by Mary Cope, a resident of Wood River who lost her infant granddaughter, Marlie, after the child was denied a heart monitor. The legislation is named Marlie’s Law in her memory.

“This bill is about saving lives and ensuring that another family does not have to suffer the same heartache that we have,” Cope said.

House Bill 3471 was approved by the Senate Insurance Committee today and will go for further consideration before the full Senate.

Crowe seeks harsher penalties for child endangerment

Published: Thursday, April 11, 2019 07:51 PM

Sen. Rachelle CroweSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) is pushing legislation for stronger sentences on those who intentionally harm a child’s physical, mental or emotional health.

The measure creates a mid-level offense for a guardian who knowingly deprives a child of food, shelter, supervision and health care.

“Deliberately punishing a child to the point of starvation is despicable,” Crowe said. “This legislation is critical to holding parents and guardians accountable for their actions for the well-being of the child.”

Crowe calls for harsher penalties for fatal hit-and-run drivers

Published: Thursday, April 11, 2019 09:48 AM

Senator CroweSPRINGFIELD – Distracted drivers who cause a fatal accident and flee the scene face tougher penalties under legislation by State Senator Rachelle Crowe.

Crowe, a Democrat from Glen Carbon, is pushing to add an aggravating factor to sentencing considerations for those who flee after causing a fatal crash because they were under the influence of alcohol or drugs or were distracted by a cell phone or other device.

“Distracted driving is an epidemic that grows statewide every day,” Crowe said. “This reckless behavior will not be tolerated, and those who do commit such a careless act must be punished properly.”

Sen. Rachelle Crowe

Sen. Rachell Crowe

56th District

Years served: 2019–Present

Committee assignments: Appropriations II; Criminal Law; Judiciary (Chairperson); Labor; Licensed Activities; Veterans Affairs; Subcommittee on Capital (AP); Subcommittee on Tort Reform (Sub-Vice-Chairperson); Sub. on the Const.& Redistricting (Sub-Vice-Chairperson); Opioid Crisis Abatement Spec. Com. (Chairperson).

Associated Representatives:
Monica Bristow
Katie Stuart