OTTAWA, IL – In response to the increased need for medical care due to the COVID-19 pandemic, state Rep. Lance Yednock, D-Ottawa, voted to support legislation to expand access to health services.

“The current health crisis we are under showed the need for immediate inclusive reform within our state’s healthcare system,” said Yednock. “Having access to affordable health insurance is a vital step in our fight to contain the spread of viruses like COVID-19 and improving the overall health of citizens in my district and Illinoisans as a whole.”

Yednock voted in favor of Senate Bill 1864, bipartisan legislation that gives expanded access to telehealth and mental health services, in addition to proving eligibility for services, such as the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), easier. This measure also establishes the Health Care Affordability Act, which would direct state agencies charged with regulating insurance and health care to report to the General Assembly and the governor to aid in crafting real policy solutions based on studies tailored toward making healthcare more affordable.

“Families should not have to carry a financial burden for access to critical medical services,” said Yednock. “As we continue to sustain efforts to overcome the current pandemic, I will continue to fight for additional ways to expand healthcare access and provide resources that are needed in our communities.”

To find the most recent information about resources and information regarding COVID-19 in Illinois, visit or call the Illinois Department of Public Health at 1-800-889-3931.

Rep. Lance YednockRep. Lance Yednock

76th District

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