(Springfield, IL) — March 23, 2010. The Illinois House attempted a little health care reform of its own today by approving a bill to help draw child psychiatrists to chronically under-served southern Illinois.
The House voted 114-0 for legislation, House Bill 5053 sponsored State Rep. John Bradley (D-Marion), that creates a program in the Illinois Department of Public Health to provide grants, loans or loan forgiveness to recruit and retain child psychiatrists in under-served areas of the state, such as southern Illinois.
Where the money will come from in cash-strapped Illinois is unclear.
In addition to Bradley, House sponsors include State Representatives: Dan Reitz, Brandon Phelps, Pat Verschoore, Dan Beisser, and Mike Smith–all Democrats.
The measure now moves to the State Senate for consideration.