CPZ telehealthCHICAGO – State Senator Cristina Pacione-Zayas (D- Chicago) commends Governor JB Pritzker for signing House Bill 3308 to expand telehealth in Illinois. The new law will ensure people who have been utilizing telehealth services during the pandemic continue to have access to the care they need.

“Expanding telehealth services will remove barriers that many face when accessing the medical care they need,” Pacione-Zayas said. “The new law includes an expansion of early intervention services, which is so important in ensuring infants and toddlers receive diagnoses that can help put them on track toward healthy development.”

The law signed Thursday will maintain and expand telehealth services, which were largely used during the COVID-19 pandemic to allow people to access their doctors when they could not leave their homes. Efficient and accessible health care is paramount to creating an equitable system that allows everyone to get the care they need.

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Social Graphic CTC Social Graphic 1x1 Digital 061721 V1CHICAGO – State Senator Cristina Pacione-Zayas (D-Chicago) wants residents of the 20th District to know that they could be eligible for the federal Child Tax Credit even if they did not file taxes in 2019 or 2020.

“The American Rescue Plan’s Child Tax Credit will provide an unprecedented amount of relief to families, and they should take full advantage of it,” Pacione-Zayas said. “Even if you did not file taxes in 2019 or 2020, you can still get this relief by filling out the non-filer application on the IRS website.”

According to data provided by the White House, there are hundreds of residents in the 20th District who did not file taxes in 2019 and 2020 who are eligible to sign up as non-filers to receive the Child Tax Credit. People with Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers or Social Security Numbers are eligible to apply. More information and the application are available on the White House website.

The Child Tax Credit will provide families with children under 6 years old $2,000 to $3,600 per child, and families with children from ages 6 to 17 $2,000 to $3,000 per child. To get money into people’s bank accounts quicker, the IRS will be sending families half of their 2021 Child Tax Credit as a monthly payment of $250 to $300 per child through the end of the year. Those who filed taxes in 2019 and 2020 should receive those payments automatically.

“Although payments started on July 15, families who sign up as non-filers can still get the full amount of this credit no matter when they sign up,” Pacione-Zayas said. “I urge everyone to check their eligibility and sign up to receive this relief if they are eligible.”

Families can check their eligibility on the IRS website and sign up as non-filers at any time.

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05312021CM0766CHICAGO – State Senator Cristina Pacione-Zayas issued a statement following last week’s federal court decision in Texas blocking the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program from taking any new applications:

“Judge Andrew Hanen’s ruling last Friday is yet another egregious attempt to rip the opportunity away for a pathway to citizenship, safety, and protection from hundreds of thousands of people who came to this country as a result of failed US foreign policy.

“DACA protects undocumented child immigrants and allows them to work in the United States, pursue educational goals, and ultimately gives them a chance to make their own way in this country.

“This decision is just another painful reminder of why the federal government needs to act with urgency and expediency about designing and implementing a permanent solution that is a comprehensive pathway to citizenship for all undocumented immigrants beyond DACA recipients.

“I stand with all the immigrants in the 20th District and beyond. I see you. I hear you. I promise to continue to work to represent you in this state, and I urge Congress and the president to act as soon as possible to protect the millions of people who are entitled to safety, resources, and ability to openly contribute to reimagining this country as one that works towards our collective liberation.”

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ISWE picEVANSTON – In recognition of her continuous work in education policy, State Senator Cristina Pacione-Zayas (D- Chicago) was awarded the Early Childhood Champion Award at the 50th Anniversary of the Infant Welfare Society of Evanston’s Baby Toddler Nursery.

“The community sets up children to be who they are. Children learn in context to the web of relationships around them – their parents, caregivers, and teachers,” Pacione-Zayas said at the ceremonial event. “Their environment helps shape them: the care they receive, the community around them, and the city where they live.”

The celebration took place last week and was held to commemorate the anniversary of the nursery as well as to recognize the hard work of the ISWE’s staff, teachers, and parents in uplifting families and educating children.

Pacione-Zayas holds a Ph.D. in educational policy studies and has prior experience with the Latino Policy Forum’s Education Department, was director of community schools at Enlace Chicago, and was the associate vice president of Policy at Erikson Institute. This background has informed her work in the General Assembly, leading her to sponsor legislation to provide more support to those receiving early childhood education degrees.

“Today’s society is nothing without our early childcare work force, and the pandemic definitely proved how essential childcare is,” Pacione-Zayas said. “The work ISWE is so important for preparing children for school while also honoring the identity and home language of the child.”

Learn more about the work ISWE does on their website.

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