Vulnerable Residents in Long-Term Care Facilities Get Protections

The Governor signed into law HB2100 which sets protections against vulnerable long-term care residents. I voted yes in support of this legislation which enhances penalties and criminal charges to individuals who abuse residents in Illinois care facilities. This bill also makes it a class 1 felony for financial exploitation of a senior age 70 and over in a long-term care facility and the value of the property is $15,000 or more.

Residents must be able to trust care facilities and their staff. Families should not have to worry about criminal neglect, abuse, or financial exploitation that would hurt a loved. Lawmakers made it a priority to pass legislations that protects long-term care residents. This bill highlights the penalties enforced to individuals who commit crimes against residents in a care facility.

First, abuse of a long-term care facility resident is a Class 3 felony. Secondly, criminal abuse or neglect of an elderly person or person with a disability is also a Class 3 felony. Criminal abuse that results in a person’s death is a Class 2 felony. Furthermore, if imprisonment is imposed it shall be for a minimum sentence of 3 years and a maximum sentence of 14 years.

HB2100 is effective January 1, 2024

Rep. Coffey Co-Sponsored Bill that Lowers the Price of Insulin

The price of insulin has been a financial burden to Illinois families, which is why lawmakers made it a priority to reduce the cost of insulin for diabetics. A new law co-sponsored by State Representative Mike Coffey has been signed that will cap the price of insulin to $35 a month. Additionally, this action will make the prescription drug more affordable and accessible to individuals that need it to stay alive and healthy. Read more…