For Immediate Release: May 13, 2022
Contact: Lillian Williams, 573-751-0220
Senator Doug Beck’s Health Care Legislation to Help Children with Head Epilepsy at the Governor’s Desk
JEFFERSON CITY – State Sen. Doug Beck, D-Affton, proudly announced his proposal to help children with epilepsy and seizure disorders that was passed by the General Assembly and headed to the governor’s table for his consideration. Senate Bill 710 establishes the Will Act, ensuring that school nurses have health care plans in place to address students with epilepsy and other seizure disorders and need school staff to complete seizure response training every two years.
“This law can save a child’s life. Not all attacks look the same, so making sure the nurse at the student’s school knows and understands their specific situation can make a big difference in how the nurse responds, ”Sen. said. Beck. “I am very grateful for the bipartisan support this law has received, and it is a good reminder of the positive impact we can have if we work together.”
Epilepsy and seizure disorders are some of the most common diseases of the nervous system that affect children. These diseases comprise a wide range of symptoms that require different types of responses, depending on the specific condition of the child.
SB 710 also includes several other health care provisions, including extending the Missouri RX Plan until 2029 to help Medicare beneficiaries afford life-saving medications, -establish Sickle Cell Awareness Week and Black Maternal Health Week and enact the Compassionate Care Visitation Act to ensure health. Care facilities allow compassionate care visits to meet the patient’s physical or mental needs.
For more information about Sen. Beck and his law, please visit his Senate website.