In the final days of the Spring legislative session, a bill sponsored by State Representative Seth Lewis (R-Bartlett) that will ensure children diagnosed with cancer have greater access to diagnostic testing won final approval in the Illinois General Assembly and now heads to the Governor’s desk.
House Bill 2109 amends the Illinois Insurance Code to require coverage for comprehensive cancer testing and testing of blood or constitutional tissues for cancer predisposition testing. This legislation would ensure that children diagnosed with cancer can be approved for comprehensive cancer testing.
“This bill was a huge priority of mine this spring. As a freshmen legislator, I wanted to hit the ground running, advocating for legislation that makes a difference in people’s lives. This bill will ensure that kids with cancer have access to comprehensive testing that could help save their lives,” said Lewis. “I’m proud we were able to come together to get this done.”
Cal’s Law honors the life of Cal Sutter, a South Elgin Little League All-Star who was diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia in 2005. While Cal tragically lost his battle with cancer in 2006, his courage and the concern for other cancer patients he displayed inspired the establishment of Cal’s Angels, a charity focused on supporting kids with cancer and their families, promoting cancer awareness, and funding research.
“This legislation is an incredible tribute to Cal and a natural extension of the work we do at Cal’s Angels. We believe that by providing greater access to diagnostic testing for kids with cancer, lives can be saved,” said Cal’s Angels Board Chairman Ryan Phillips. “Thank you to Representative Lewis for your support and advocacy on this critical issue.”
Cal’s Law received overwhelming, bipartisan support in both chambers of the General Assembly. Its sponsors include not just House Republican Leader Jim Durkin and Speaker of the House Chris Welch but also a bipartisan group of legislators in both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly.
“I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – Government works best when we overcome partisan politics and work together. When we come together, we can accomplish meaningful things that have a big impact on the lives of the people of this state,” said Lewis. “I urge the Governor to sign this bill.”
House Bill 2019 passed in both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly on unanimous roll calls and now heads to the Governor’s desk. You can follow the status of the legislation by clicking on this link.