Illinois Poison Center Needs Your Help
April 5, 2011
On February 19th the House passed the H.R. 1 bill proposed to cut $27.3 million of the $29.3 million of federal funding for the nation’s network of poison centers. Funding cuts of this magnitude would be detrimental to the 57 U.S. poison centers – and the Illinois Poison Center (IPC) would be no exception.
The Illinois Poison Center is funded through a public-private partnership:
- 25% of funding from federal appropriations
- 35% from state appropriations
- 40% from private donors and hospital contributions
Without federal funding the IPC will not be able to meet national accreditation criteria, thus making the IPC ineligible for state funding. The remaining 40% of private funding would not be enough to support the IPC alone.
It is the classic domino effect with the end resulting in the unavoidable closure of the state’s only poison center serving all 13 million residents. The loss of the Illinois Poison Center would undoubtedly increase healthcare costs and affect the health of everyone across the state.
The IPC is your
poison center and therefore, your support is essential. We kindly ask that you join our efforts and urge your Senator and U.S. House Representative to oppose the HR.1 bill and support poison center funding
Please visit the IPC website (www.illinoispoisoncenter.org
) for more information on how you can help save the Illinois Poison Center’s funding.
ICHP Spring Meeting
- April 14-16, 2011
Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists
4055 N. Perryville Road
Loves Park, IL 61111
(815) 227-9294 Faxwww.ichpnet.org
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