The abbreviated Illinois legislative session due to COVID-19 means fewer new laws will take effect Jan. 1, unlike previous years when hundreds of new laws were unleashed. There are still a few that will impact families in 2021.
Family budget helper
Families that rely on insulin will see a cap on the price in Illinois, one of two states in the nation trying to keep out-of-pocket costs under control for this necessary medication. Insurance companies must limit the total amount a person is required to pay for insulin to $100 for a 30-day supply.
College incentive kicks in
Every child now born or adopted in Illinois will get $50 deposited in their college savings account or 529 plan. Lawmakers want to use this as a reminder to parents to start saving for college at birth. High school graduates who do not use the money by the time they’re 26 will have to forfeit the $50 back to the state.
Minimum wage workers are getting a bump to $11 per hour. The workers also saw bumps Jan. 1, 2020, and July 1, 2020. The pay increase will continue until it reaches $15 per hour Jan. 1, 2025.
This just makes sense
Victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking can apply to the attorney general to keep their addresses confidential.
Missing Person DNA System
This law creates a process to handle the DNA of a missing person. Police may gather a DNA sample from the missing person and a DNA reference sample from family members and submit it to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System if the person remains missing for 30 days or longer.
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