Springfield2BUNKER HILL - State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) is calling on healthy, eligible individuals in Central Illinois to help replenish the state’s blood supply, which is facing a sharp decline due to the high number of canceled blood drives and appointments in response to the novel coronavirus outbreak.

"As the blood supply in Central Illinois declines to critical levels, patients continue to rely on blood transfusions to stay alive or make it through emergency surgery for ongoing medical challenges unrelated to COVID-19," Manar said. "This pandemic has led to a dramatic drop in the number of donations, and that could directly threaten the lives of individuals who need blood. So we need healthy people to step up in a safe way to help their neighbors.​"

Medical professionals at the American Red Cross have reiterated that blood donation is safe and does not pose any risk of contracting the virus.

Due to its critical need for donations, the Springfield-based Central Illinois Community Blood Center has extended its donor center’s operating hours.

“This crisis is going to present a number of challenges to our healthcare system that will require a strong community effort. This is one of them,” Manar said. “I encourage all healthy, eligible individuals to step up and help fill the void of blood donations.”

To make an appointment to donate blood with the Red Cross, residents can visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 800-733-2767. For an appointment with the Central Illinois Community Blood Center, call 217-753-1530 or visit bloodcenter.org.

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CAP paymentsSPRINGFIELD - To ensure the stability of small, independent pharmacies through the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, Illinois State Comptroller Susana Mendoza is releasing nearly $1 million to critical access pharmacies in rural and underserved communities.

The move comes one day after State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) penned a letter to Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services Director Theresa Eagleson urging her office to expedite payments under the Critical Access Pharmacy Program as a way to help bolster rural pharmacies as they brace for the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic into their communities.

"For rural Illinois families, the nearest hospital can be miles away in a different community, meaning pharmacies are the only local source of health care and medical relief," Manar said. "As this pandemic spreads into rural Illinois communities, the importance of keeping small, local pharmacies stable cannot be overstated. Expediting CAP payments is a major help, and I appreciate the Pritzker administration’s swift action.”

The payments are being released under the Critical Access Pharmacy program for pharmacies that are determined by the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services to be located in medically underserved areas of the state. Manar, a leading advocate of the CAP program, negotiated its renewed funding in​ the state’s fiscal year 2019 budget to support independent pharmacies.

These supplemental state payments will assist small, independently owned pharmacies that have experienced serious financial difficulty because of lower rates offered under the state's managed care program and also because of rate cuts by pharmacy benefit managers.

"Locally owned pharmacies - often the only pharmacies available for miles in any direction - are vital to stopping the spread of the coronavirus in rural communities," Mendoza said. "It's more important than ever that we ensure these payments continue to go out so these small businesses can continue to be there for the people they serve."

This is the third disbursement to critical access pharmacies under the program. The comptroller released $4.7 million in payments on July 1 and $1.9 million on Dec. 10.

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Manar Reed

SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) welcomed Chatham Glenwood High School junior Fiona Reed to the Capitol on Wednesday as part of his Future Leaders program.

Fiona, 17, fosters kittens for the local Animal Protective League, and will be an Election Day registrar during the March 17 primaries. She’s also a member of the Chatham Glenwood High School Key Club, which provides community service and works to raise funds for organizations such as Children's Miracle Network, March of Dimes, UNICEF, Special Olympics and Thirst Project.

“As a junior in high school, she’s putting her values into action and sticking to them, which is the foundation of true leadership,” Manar said. “Given her strong sense of initiative and demonstrated commitment to community service, we can all learn a thing or two from Fiona’s example.”

Manar conducted a one-on-one interview – a tradition of his Future Leaders program – about Fiona’s plans for her future and what prompted her sense of civic duty.

Fiona shadowed Manar for the day, joining him in committee meetings and on the Senate floor where she met other state lawmakers and observed them as they debated and voted on legislation. Manar also presented her with a certificate of recognition for her exemplary service to the Springfield and Chatham communities.

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More than 250 new state laws will go into effect on Jan 1.

To help you find out how they may affect your daily life, the Illinois Senate Democrats Communications team recently put together a list of the more interesting laws taking effect in 2020! Click the image above to see what's in store.

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