Gov. Pritzker urges lawmakers to pass Healthcare Protection Bill

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker. (WJBC file photo)

By Dave Dahl

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker says a new health care bill, announced during the State of the State message, will give Illinoisans an advantage against Big Insurance.

“The first part of the Health Care Protection Bill focuses on ‘utilization management,’” such as prior authorization. “That’s insurance-speak for denying coverage. Essentially, it allows insurance companies to boost profits by requiring that consumers get permission before they receive care. It should come as no surprise that those requests are frequently denied.”

“This bureaucratic red tape is unacceptable and detrimental to our health care delivery system,” said an angry A.J. Wilhelmi.” which already faces significant challenges, including staffing shortages, financial pressures, physician burnout, and violence against health care workers.”

Wilhelmi and other advocates joined the governor at a news conference Wednesday at the Capitol.

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