Measures pass to protect local families’ access to Health care
As Washington politicians push for changes to federal Law, which would strip insurance from people with pre-existing conditions and
increase premiums, state Rep. Larry Walsh, Jr., D-Joliet, is working to stop
massive insurance companies from gouging middle-class families and ensure no one can be denied care because of their medical history.
“Donald Trump and his extreme Washington allies are pushing through a plan that
would deny health care to tens of thousands of Illinoisans, allow big businesses to
pad their profits as middle-class families’ premiums continue to skyrocket,” Walsh
said. “During these times of uncertainty, I want to ensure our residents with
pre-existing conditions will still be able to receive the care they need.”
Walsh backed a series of reforms that will block insurance companies from raising premiums simply to pad their corporate profits and from denying care to individuals with preexisting conditions, regardless of what politicians in Washington do.
Walsh voted to pass House Bill 2624, which would protect middle-class families and
seniors from the double-digit rate increases that many see year after year. His
measure creates an independent Health Insurance Rate Review Board which will
scrutinize proposed insurance premiums and block unjustified increases intended only to increase corporate profits at the expense of consumers.
Additionally, Walsh passed state-level protections for people with pre-existing
conditions like cancer, diabetes or heart disease. While Washington politicians
continue fighting to repeal federal protections for these at-risk individuals,
Walsh’s House Bill 2959 would prevent insurance companies from selling policies in
Illinois from discriminating against the sickest, oldest and most in need of care.
The legislation passed the House with bipartisan support.