SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – As the health care debate continues in Washington, D.C, state Rep. Natalie Manley, D-Joliet, helped pass legislation prohibiting insurance companies from dropping individuals with pre-existing conditions.
“There is a lot of uncertainty right now surrounding possible changes to health care,” Manley said. “While many people might not agree with everything in the Affordable Care Act, they do believe that we need to work to make health care more accessible and affordable. One way to do this is to protect individuals with pre-existing conditions from losing their insurance.”
Manley is sponsoring House Bill 2959, which prevents insurance companies from denying access to health care coverage to people with pre-existing conditions. Changes to the Affordable Care Act could jeopardize 1.3 million Illinoisans’ access to life-saving care, as well as saddle countless more residents with inferior healthcare plans and higher monthly premiums.
“Regardless of what happens at the federal level, this legislation will give families in Illinois peace of mind that they won’t lose insurance coverage just because they have certain health conditions,” Manley said. “Because we don’t have a fully vetted and developed by Congress, this legislation will protect the health insurance that many people have rely and prevent the rug from being pulled out from under them.”
For more information, please contact Manley’s constituent service office at 815-725-2741 or RepManley@gmail.com.