Pritzker’s health insurance overhauls cross finish line

(The Center Square) – Two bills that will drastically change health insurance plans regulated by state government cleared the Illinois General Assembly Saturday.

Democrats and Gov. J.B. Pritzker have been pushing for the elimination of what they call “deceptive” short‐​term limited duration insurance plans. House Bill 2499, dubbed the Health Care Protection Act, eliminates those plans.

The measure passed both the House and Senate and heads to the governor’s desk for his expected signature.

“This legislation will protect patients through an array of targeted reforms: banning step therapy, banning prior authorization for crisis mental healthcare, banning junk insurance plans, and ending unchecked rate increases for large group insurance companies,” Pritzker said in a news release Saturday. “We’re saving lives and making the path to care easier for all.”

In committee, state Sen. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet, questioned Ann Gillespie, acting director of the Illinois Department of Insurance, about the so-called deceptive plans.

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