001hunter10A new law designating November as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease month in Illinois was signed by the governor Friday. State Senator Mattie Hunter sponsored the legislation in the Senate.

“This extremely important health issue deserves more public attention," Hunter said. "Education and improved public awareness is the first step to improving treatment and saving lives.”

COPD refers to a group of lung diseases that cause lung tissue to break down and make breathing difficult. Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are the two most common conditions that make up COPD, and according to the American Lung Association, COPD is the third leading cause of death in the United States.

"COPD is a grave condition with grave consequences," Hunter said.

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DiabetesHB1815Today, State Senator Mattie Hunter (D – Chicago) advanced the fight against diabetes by having House Bill 1815 signed into law. This new law creates a Diabetes Awareness licenses plate. A portion of the plate’s fees will be donated to the Diabetes Research Check-off Fund which makes grants to public or private entities in Illinois for diabetes research.

“People are suffering from this debilitating disease at an alarming rate,” said Senator Mattie Hunter, Chairperson of the Human Services Committee. “We need to continue searching for prevention methods and ways to improve the lives of those suffering from this affliction.”

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HB1046SignExemplifying her belief that quality medical care is what everyone deserves, Sen. Mattie Hunter championed an initiative extending health care assistance opportunities to the imprisoned recently signed into law  by Illinois’ chief executive.

"Whether in jail or not, you are a person and your health is valuable and a priority," Hunter said, "That is what I'm trying to achieve with this legislation. Being in a penitentiary in no way equates to an individual being undeserving of quality medical attention."

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Hunter-5-23-13State Sen. Mattie Hunter, a constant champion for good health in the General Assembly, helped Illinois take strides toward improved public health when she passed out of the Senate four initiatives promoting awareness and education of important health issues such as asthma, breast cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

“These are all important health issues we must pay attention to and get serious about combating with increased understanding," Hunter said. "Education and greater awareness of these problems to better and save lives is our goal.”

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