A new bill in Springfield allows Illinois residents to recoup extra costs for mental health care

State Rep. Margaret Croke (D-Chicago) is the sponsor of the bill. (Photo courtesy: WJBC/File)

By Dave Dahl

SPRINGFIELD – If you have medical insurance, obviously, you want to see a health care provider who is in-network.

That’s not always the case, though, on the lists of providers you may see, and you can wind up paying full price for going out-of-network. A bill in the Illinois House would allow you to recoup the extra costs when you see a mental health provider in those cases.

“This bill identifies a problem where we have seen providers listed on those directories that are either out of network or not even practicing,” said the sponsor, State Rep. Margaret Croke (D-Chicago).

Croke says these days, people are paying more attention to their mental health.

“There is clearly a need, and we need to make sure that care is accessible to people,” said Croke.

“And this bill does that.”

Dave Dahl can be reached at [email protected].


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