CHICAGO – In light of Donald Trump’s attacks on affordable health care for working families, state Rep. Aaron Ortiz, D-Chicago, championed legislation to help Illinois residents enroll in affordable health care coverage through the Illinois Marketplace by ensuring information is readily available to them.
“Donald Trump and his extremist allies are deliberately dismantling legislation that expanded access to health care to millions of people, including those with pre-existing conditions,” Ortiz said “He’s going so far as to limit access to information about affordable coverage options, which is why this legislation was necessary.”
Ortiz led the charge on House Bill 3487, which will require hospitals to display in each facility with an emergency room, information about how to enroll for an affordable health insurance plan through the state exchange. According to the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, funding to promote and provide consumer enrollment assistance has been cut by millions of dollars, encouraging the promotion of limited-benefit coverage options that leave working families exposed to significant financial risk if they become ill or injured.
“While there’s more work to be done at the state-level to push back and protect access to health care, this legislation builds on the progress we’ve made,” Ortiz said. “I appreciate Governor Pritzker’s support to ensure working families are aware about all of the options they have to receive the care they need.”