Health Care

Rep. Anna Moeller (D-Elgin) spoke during a press conference alongside Gov. JB Pritzker after the House passed the Healthcare Protection Act on April 18, 2024.

Insurance Reform: Illinois House passes Healthcare Protection Act

April 19, 2024

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) — Illinois House lawmakers passed a massive health insurance reform plan late Thursday night. Sponsors and Gov. JB Pritzker said it will help curb predatory insurance practices and protect consumers. The Healthcare Protection Act could make Illinois the first…

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In 2023, we passed legislation that capped the cost of insulin and epi-pens. Now, Rep. Laura Faver Dias is working to do the same for another life-saving medication: inhalers.

Illinois lawmakers could cap monthly inhaler costs this spring

February 11, 2024

DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) — A new plan in Springfield could cap the monthly out-of-pocket cost for inhalers. People struggling with asthma and other lung diseases could pay just $25 for one prescription inhaler per month. Rep. Laura Faver Dias (D-Grayslake) knows firsthand about…

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Rep. Nabeela Syed is continuing the fight against skyrocketing prescription drug costs. She has joined up with advocates and fellow state lawmakers to create a prescription drug affordability board.

Illinois could become ninth state with prescription drug affordability board

January 19, 2024

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) — State lawmakers and advocates believe prescription drugs don’t work if people can’t afford them. That’s why Sen. Dave Koehler (D-Peoria) and Rep. Nabeela Syed (D-Palatine) are proposing Illinois creates a prescription drug affordability board. The Coalition…

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House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch (center) joins state leaders and healthcare workers at the Sangamon County Department of Public Health Thursday to recognize the end of the state and federal COVID emergency orders.

Welch Applauds Healthcare Heroes, Codifies Health Delivery Innovations as COVID Orders End

May 25, 2023

SPRINGFIELD | Healthcare workers and state leaders joined to recognize the end of the state and federal COVID emergency declarations, while also continuing effective reforms initiated under the pandemic orders to streamline and expand delivery of care. “As the COVID emergency…

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State Rep. Kelly Cassidy speaks as Gov. J.B. Pritzker listens before Pritzker signed House Bill 4664, a bill that will further protect reproductive health care providers and patients who are seeking care in Illinois, Jan. 13, 2023, in Chicago. Cassidy pushed through legislation to require insurers in Illinois to cover abortion medication and hormonal therapy, part of a package of measures Democrats say protects access to medical services that other states are restricting. (Pat Nabong/Chicago Sun-Times via AP, File)

Illinois Democrats Say Abortion-Access Protections Are a Promise: ‘You’re safe here’

May 25, 2023

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Access to abortion is essentially locked down in Illinois. But Democrats are looking for ways to further protect the practice and its availability, including to outsiders who potentially face home-state penalties for seeking treatment here. Legislation…

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Rep. Nabeela Syed, D-Palatine, discusses her House Bill 3957 pertaining to price gouging of off-patent and generic drugs during floor debate Wednesday, March 3, 2023

House Approves Drug Price Gouging Bill, Now Heads to Senate

May 6, 2023

The Illinois House of Representatives moved House Bill 3957 to the Senate on Wednesday, a bill blocking drug price gouging on off-patent and generic drugs. Consideration was postponed on the bill during a third reading frenzy before the legislature’s spring break last…

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Chicago Tribune reporter Rick Pearson, center, speaks with House Speaker Emanuel "Chris" Welch, right, and House Republican Leader Tony McCombie on April 27, 2023, in Springfield. (Stacey Wescott / Chicago Tribune)

Illinois House Speaker Emanuel ‘Chris’ Welch Doesn’t Rule Out Putting Abortion Rights on 2024 Ballot

April 30, 2023

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch on Wednesday vowed there wouldn’t be another attempt to ask voters to approve a graduated-rate income tax, but did not rule out putting a proposed constitutional amendment codifying a women’s right to…

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Allyson Nogaj leads the “Fascist Judges: Keep Your Hands Off Abortion Medication” nationwide protest along the streets of downtown Chicago on April 15, 2023. (Shanna Madison / Chicago Tribune)

‘This is a wake-up call,’ Chicago Loop Protestors Rally Against Abortion Rights Restrictions, Mifepristone Ruling

April 18, 2023

Demonstrators rallied through downtown Chicago’s Loop Saturday afternoon to protest the wave of restrictions to abortion access emerging across the country. Thousands of passersby turned to watch as around 80 protesters shouting chants and beating drums marched up State Street…

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About six months after the Highland Park mass shooting, Illinois lawmakers advanced a bill to ban assault weapons.

Illinois House Votes to Ban Assault Weapons and Broaden Abortion Protections

January 10, 2023

Tackling two hot-button issues, the Illinois House debated early into Friday morning and ultimately voted to ban military-style guns like the one used in the Highland Park mass shooting and to protect abortion providers and patients from out-of-state legal repercussions.…

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That legislative push helped turn Illinois into a national leader in reproductive healthcare. It is also likely to soon make it a refuge for people in states as far away as Texas, who will face even less access to abortion if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, as it is expected to do.

“People Woke Up and Realized This Is Real”: Blue State Are Readying for a Post-Roe World.

June 10, 2022

Kelly Cassidy saw this day coming. Some of her colleagues in the Illinois state general assembly thought she was being “hyperbolic,” she says — maybe even “hysterical.” But the Chicago Democrat, a longtime reproductive rights advocate, saw the “fertile seeds”…

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