Quinn pushing bill to expand health insurance pool

May 4, 2010 4:35:00 PM PDT
Two hundred million dollars in federal funding is available to help provide health insurance for uninsured Illinois residents. But before the state can tap into those funds lawmakers must first pass reform legislation. Governor Pat Quinn called on lawmakers to do that before they adjourn.

The pending bill would provide a new coverage for uninsured people with pre-existing conditions. The legislation would also create a health insurance bill of rights, which calls for guaranteed coverage for children with pre-existing conditions, guaranteed access to OBGYN services for women and it would require insurance companies to cover free wellness an prevention benefits.

"Insurance is so important to all the families in Illinois, whether it's your car or home insurance or health care. These are very important matters to every family and we've got to make sure that we have health insurance reform for consumers," said Gov. Quinn.

The new insurance plan is designed to cover qualifying people until federal health care reforms kick in 2014.


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