SPRINGFIELD, Ill – State Rep. Michelle Mussman, D-Schaumburg, took steps to build a better Illinois by fighting to support measures in economic recovery, increase healthcare access for women, and family leave expansion.
“In the aftermath of the pandemic, support for economic recovery is a pivotal step to get people back on their feet,” said Mussman. “It’s why I supported measures this spring to increase utility assistance programs, helping families retain their housing and increase their financial stability. Even though tough decisions are still ahead, I remain confident that we will continue to develop an economic return to normal for our communities.”
Additionally, Mussman passed HB 135, which increases access to healthcare by allowing specially trained pharmacists to dispense hormonal birth control.
“There are many reasons why women struggle to get appointments with medical professionals to obtain timely and consistent access to birth control, leaving them exposed to an unplanned pregnancy, which carries greater health risks for both mom and baby,” said Mussman. “This bill will create more options for women to consult with a medical professional about the contraception choice that may be most right for her and be able to obtain it in a convenient and affordable way .”
Mussman also took significant steps toward promoting family leave. While some corporations may not be sensitive to the needs of employees also juggling family caregiving responsibilities, Mussman fought for legislation to expand the Illinois Employee Sick Leave Act by allowing employees to assist in the personal care of unwell family members.
“Family leave is crucial to a healthy work-life balance,” said Mussman. “We must continue to make decisions like these to protect both workers and their families from being disadvantaged or pushed out of employment prematurely. Supported employees are more loyal, reducing turnover and training costs, and able to devote more focus to their duties while on the job. It is a good return on investment for forward thinking businesses!”