Bustos Helps Pass Legislation to Protect Health Care for Illinoisans with Pre-Existing Conditions

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) helped pass legislation that would further protect health care for Illinoisans with pre-existing conditions. Having spent a decade working in health care administration, Congresswoman Bustos knows we must work together to bring down the cost of care while maintaining the critical patient protections Illinoisans rely on.

“The American people sent us here to govern with a purpose – and protecting health care for Illinoisans with pre-existing conditions is one of our top priorities in the House,” Congresswoman Bustos said. “While the White House and Mitch McConnell continue their partisan attacks on health care for Illinois families, this legislation will allow us to fight back. Folks with conditions like cancer, asthma or diabetes shouldn’t be discriminated against or priced out of the insurance market – it’s just not right. I’ll continue working to defend and improve the health care law for families in our region.”

While partisan efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and undermine access to care for people with pre-existing conditions failed in Congress, the White House and Mitch McConnell have filed a lawsuit – Texas v. United States – to repeal the entire health care law in its entirety. The lawsuit would end protections for people with pre-existing conditions, bipartisan Medicaid expansion, tax credits to help families afford care, the ban on lifetime limits and the ability for young adults to remain on their parents’ insurance until the age of 26.