CHICAGO – Legislation backed by state Rep. John D’Amico, D-Chicago, aimed at protecting the 1.3 million Illinoisans who would lose their health insurance under President Trump’s proposed healthcare changes—particularly if they have a pre-existing condition—was recently signed into law.
“With the healthcare of over a million at risk due to egregious attacks by President Trump and his right-wing allies, it’s critical that we are working proactively to protect care for Illinois residents,” D’Amico said. “This new law helps ensure that the protections put in place under the Affordable Care Act will continue for Illinois residents regardless of actions taken by politicians in Washington.”
D’Amico sponsored House Bill 2959, which prohibits big insurance corporations from denying access to health coverage to people with pre-existing conditions. The measure was a response to proposed federal changes to the healthcare system that would jeopardize 1.3 million Illinoisans’ access to life-saving care and saddle countless more residents with inferior healthcare plans and higher monthly premiums.
“The Republican healthcare proposals that have been floated in Washington are putting corporate profits over the health and well-being of working families,” D’Amico said. “I am proud that we have a new law in place that makes Illinois a leader in protecting the right for residents to receive quality healthcare.