SPRINGFIELD – Men will be able to get annual prostate cancer screenings with no out-of-pocket cost thanks to a measure supported by State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) that was signed into law Friday.

“Prostate cancer can be life-threatening,” Bennett said. “This new law will allow more men to access prostate cancer screening without barriers and ultimately save lives.”

The law, originally House Bill 5318, will require private insurers to provide all qualifying male policyholders with an annual prostate cancer screening upon the recommendations of a physician.

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SB3617SPRINGFIELD – Illinoisans will now have more access to mental and behavioral health specialists thanks to a law signed Friday supported by State Senator Scott Bennett.

“People living with mental health conditions often go without treatment because of the obstacles in place,” said Bennett (D-Champaign). “This new law breaks down those barriers and will help people access the care they need when they need it the most.”

In Illinois, there are only 14 behavioral health care professionals for every 10,000 Illinois residents. Many people are forced to wait longer for essential treatment or forego health care entirely because of this gap. This can be detrimental to their mental and physical well-being.

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CHAMPAIGN – On Sunday, May 29, Illinois will be celebrating College Savings Day thanks to a resolution led by Senate Higher Education Chair Scott Bennett.

“As parents and children set their sights on the kinds of careers they want to pursue, we want them to know that saving through 529 College Savings Plans can help them get there,” said Bennett (D-Champaign). “College Savings Day is a great reminder that families can achieve their education savings goals.”

College Savings Day celebrates the flexible savings plans that enable entire families to fund their higher education and career dreams. This day raises awareness among parents, teachers and community members of how these unique tools can help support education over a lifetime.

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050522HAO00059CHAMPAIGN – State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) is celebrating law enforcement officers across the state from May 15 to May 21 as part of Police Appreciation Week in Illinois.

“Our law enforcement officers play an integral role in our communities,” Bennett said. “I’m glad to offer my support and thank these officers during Police Appreciation Week for the work they do to keep Illinois residents safe.”

This week recognizes the dedication and sacrifice of local, state, and federal police officers and their service to the state. Law enforcement officers help prevent crime and provide assistance to those in need amongst an infinite amount of other tasks to encourage civic engagement and an investment in the well-being of all Illinoisans.

“Our law enforcement officers work tirelessly to protect our communities,” Bennett said. “I am continuously inspired by their extraordinary courage and dedication to putting their lives on the line to keep us safe each day.” 

Bennett supported Senate Resolution 914 declaring Police Appreciation Week in Illinois.

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