A bill that passed the Illinois House on Friday would protect a family member or other non-legal guardian if they needed to take the children across state lines for medical care. State Representative John Cavaletto says often times a family member or non-legal guardian taking care of a child may either be in the process of obtaining a guardianship or in a situation that is too tentative to require a guardianship. And, for those who live nearest a hospital in another state, taking a sick or injured child across state lines to a hospital make them afraid of being arrested or having the child taken away. The Illinois House passed House Bill 4607 on Friday, which would assure them they can safely access medical care for the child without fear of repercussions. Cavaletto says it has taken a while to get this important piece of legislation passed.
The bill was approved on a 106-0 vote and now moves to the Illinois Senate for their consideration.