Legislation, sponsored by State Senator Sue Rezin (R-Morris), which seeks to better protect the healthcare of Illinoisans passed the Senate on Thursday, April 4.
Senate Bill 2026 provides a heightened protection for individuals with pre-existing conditions by prohibiting the State of Illinois from applying for a federal waiver that would reduce or eliminate any protection under the Affordable Care Act unless it is approved by the General Assembly.
“Last year, states were given the option to waive key provisions of the federal healthcare law,” said Sen. Rezin. “The fear is that applying for these waivers could have a detrimental effect on people with pre-existing conditions. I want to give those individuals as much peace of mind as possible that they will not lose their coverage.”
SB 2026 now head to the House of Representatives for consideration.