IL Senate Public Health Comm. Considers Merits of HEAL Act

Public Health Organizations Cite Urgent Need for Investments in Prevention & Medicaid

IAPO_logo_largeSpringfield, IL – March 19, 2014 –  Today the Illinois Senate Public Health Committee held a hearing on the Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL) Act [HB 5690SB 3524], a bill to fight the Illinois obesity epidemic and raise an estimated $600 million for prevention and health care in Illinois through a penny-per-ounce excise tax on sugary beverages.

The Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity (IAPO), a statewide coalition of over 140 organizations, hailed the hearing as a critical first step in raising awareness among lawmakers and the public on the scale and cost of the obesity epidemic, and how the HEAL Act would help by channeling much-needed revenue into prevention, wellness and Medicaid programs.

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