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Prevent Health Insurance Rate Increases Backed

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – To help ensure access to affordable health care for Illinois residents, state Rep. Lamont Robinson, Jr., D-Chicago, recently supported legislation to prevent excessive health insurance rate increases.

“Making sure that everyone in our community has access to quality, affordable health care is one of my top priorities as a legislator,” Robinson said. “Allowing insurance companies to charge unreasonably high rates is unacceptable, and implementing this legislation can help prevent unnecessary and unaffordable increases to health care costs.”

The Robinson-backed House Bill 471 aims to prevent increases to health insurance premiums by requiring current plans and proposed rate changes to be reviewed and approved by the Department of Insurance. The Department would have the authority to prohibit rate increases that are excessive or unreasonable. In addition, this legislation would require the Department to issue an annual report to the General Assembly on health insurance rates in the Illinois market.

“No one should have to sacrifice their wellbeing as a result of health care costs that are too high,” Robinson said. “While more work must be done to expand access to health care, this legislation takes a necessary step toward ensuring affordable health insurance for all.”

For more information, please contact Robinson’s constituent service office at 773-924-4614 or District5Rep@LamontJRobinson.com.