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Quinn approves McConnaughay bill that reduces fees on cobalt shipments

Published: Thursday, July 17, 2014 2:24 p.m. CDT

SPRINGFIELD – State Sen. Karen McConnaughay, R-St. Charles, is pleased that Gov. Pat Quinn has signed House Bill 4687, which she sponsored in the Senate, according to a press release from her office.

House Bill 4687 is an initiative of the Illinois Manufacturing Association to reduce the cost of shipping cobalt-60, which is a medical isotope used to clean and sterilize medical supplies. The current fee for shipping cobalt-60 is $2,500 a truck shipment and $25 per mile for each additional mile over 250, costing medical manufacturers thousands of dollars and increasing medical costs for consumers, states the release.

The legislation reduces current fees for trips less than 100 miles from $2,500 a truck to $1,500 for the first truck and $750 for each additional truck in the same shipment, in an effort to decrease overall costs for manufacturers and consumers, the release states.

“It is important to look at every possible savings when it comes [to] rising medical costs,” McConnaughay said in the statement. “This is a small, but important step that will save consumers money in the long run without impacting either patient safety or the environment.”

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