CHICAGO – As President Donald Trump and Washington politicians continue debating changes to federal healthcare policy, a new law sponsored by, state Rep. Silvana Tabares, D-Chicago, will ensure all individuals with pre-existing conditions will continue to have access to health insurance in Illinois, regardless of changes made at the federal level.
“President Donald Trump and Republicans in Washington continue pushing a dangerous plan that pads the profits of health insurance companies by allowing them to deny coverage to millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions,” Tabares said. “I believe healthcare is a fundamental right and we should be doing everything we can to expand access to affordable healthcare, not take it away.”
Tabares’ House Bill 2959 amends the state’s insurance code to prevent individual or group accidental health insurance coverage companies from imposing pre-existing condition exclusions. The proposal was drafted in the wake of proposed changes to healthcare on the federal level by Congressional Republicans. House Bill 2959 passed with bipartisan support and is now law.
“The plan I supported stops health insurance companies in Illinois from discriminating against those with pre-existing conditions,” Tabares said. “I will continue fighting back against the reckless policies of Donald Trump and those who support his extreme agenda of putting corporate profits above the well-being of our families.”