June 14, 2017
State Sen. Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) joined other Illinois legislators in attempts to prevent health insurance companies from denying coverage or giving higher premiums to those with pre-existing conditions.
Although the practice is currently not allowed, because of the uncertainty about health care reform in Washington, Biss helped sponsor a bill that would ensure Illinois citizens with pre-existing conditions — such as asthma, diabetes or cancer — remain protected regardless of federal-level policy changes.
The bill passed both the Illinois House of Representatives and the Illinois Senate with bipartisan support on May 31 and is waiting for Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s approval.
“Illinois has too much at stake to sit idly by and wait to see what will happen,” Biss said in a May 29 statement. “Gov. Rauner should sign this measure into law so that we can provide a crucial protection for many of our constituents.”
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