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Pre-existing conditions covered under Illinois legislation

Chest scanSPRINGFIELD – Health insurance companies will still be required to cover pre-existing conditions under new legislation passed by the Illinois Senate.

After the U.S. House of Representatives passed new healthcare legislation, many feared that insurance providers would no longer be required to cover pre-existing conditions.

State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) is House Bill 2959’s chief co-sponsor.


“Before the passage of the Affordable Care Act, too many American families were unable to get adequate health care coverage because they wouldn’t have been profitable enough for insurance companies,” Bennett said. “We can give Illinois families peace of mind by requiring Illinois health insurance providers to cover these conditions.”

In May, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act, which would allow states to opt-out of certain provisions of the Affordable Care Act, such as pre-existing conditions.

A recent poll by Politico/Moring Consult found that a majority of Americans surveyed were opposed to weakening protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions.

HB 2959 passed the Illinois Senate 46-5 and now goes back to the House to approve Senate changes.

Sen. Scott Bennett

Senator Scott Bennett

52nd Senate District

Years served: 2015 - Present

Associated Representatives: Carol Ammons; Chad Hays

Committee assignments: Agriculture; Appropriations II; Criminal Law; Gaming; Higher Education; Labor.

Biography: Bennett grew up in Gibson City, where four generations of his family worked on their family farm. He moved to Champaign-Urbana to attend law school at the University of Illinois after graduating from Illinois State University.