Send an email to the ILLINOIS governor about the importance of testing and medical care for poor children vulnerable to lead poisoning. Demand that your state step up its efforts to identify and treat children with harmful lead levels in their blood.
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Governor Rod Blagojevich
I have just reviewed data on lead poisoning in our state as
shown on the Environmental Defense Scorecard website, and I
am concerned about the vulnerability of our state's neediest
children to this disease.
I learned that poor children living in older housing are at
especially high risk of lead poisoning. Children with
elevated blood levels may suffer reduced intelligence, loss
of attention span, and learning difficulties that make it
harder for them to learn in school and grow into productive
That families struggling in poverty must also cope with this
threat to their children's health is a tragic injustice. I
understand that federal law requires that children eligible
for Medicaid be tested for lead poisoning, but that many
children are not tested (as documented in the 1999 General
Accounting Office report, "Lead Poisoning".) I request
information about the screening rate here in our state.
Testing and treating these children is essential to ensuring
their ability to learn and thrive. Testing is also a critical
tool in preventing the poisoning of additional children,
because it helps identify neighborhoods with large or
unexpected lead problems that should be targeted for
activities to remove lead hazards.
I am counting on your leadership on behalf of our children
and look forward to your response on this matter.
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