(Munoz Staff Reporting) Springfield, Illinois —State Senator Tony Munoz (D-Chicago) is Co-chairing a bipartisan effort to educate and inform members of the General Assembly about the need to do more to combat diabetes in our state.

"We hope to send a strong message about the high occurrence of Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes and the need to identify solutions to improve the access to care, and strengthen our communities’ understanding of the disease," stated Senator Munoz. "Senator Althoff and I will be the co-chairs of the steering committee in the Senate and we hope our colleagues will join our efforts."

Diabetes treatment is fundamental to the overall health and well-being of those afflicted. The impact of unidentified and untreated diabetes conditions can be felt in every community and in every sector of state government including Medicaid, child and family welfare, public education, and others.

Currently, the outlook for our state’s health is grim. Diabetes will affect one of every three children born after the year 2000. Type 2 Diabetes represents 18% of all newly diagnosed cases of Diabetes amongst those less than 20 years old. Considering that obesity is the main contributor to Type 2 Diabetes in children, the state must act now to address these serious medical conditions with far-reaching physical, public health and fiscal implications.

The Illinois Legislative Diabetes Caucus will convene a cross section of legislators to support sound Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes policy development, elevate diabetes to a higher focal point, and create a forum for dialogue among the General Assembly, community stakeholders, and participating corporate and medical sponsors.

"Whether we are looking at health and social system costs, community needs or economic issues, it is clear diabetes care is central to the public and economic health of our state," stated Senator Munoz.