New Illinois bill would require insurance to pay for gender-affirming care, PrEP

The Illinois State Capitol in Springfield. Photo by Tom Wray

A bill introduced in the Illinois Senate would require health insurers in the state to cover abortion care, gender-affirming care and HIV prevention without a co-pay.

The bill, SB1134, would amend the Illinois Insurance Code to require any health insurance amended, delivered, issued, or renewed in the state to cover all abortifacients, hormonal therapy medication, HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis and post-exposure prophylaxis drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration. It would also require insurance to cover follow-up visit. If signed, it would be effective immediately.

The bill was filled in early February and assigned to the Senate Executive Committee. It’s sponsored by State Sen. Celina Villanueva (D-Chicago). Organizations such as Illinois Pharmacists Association, Planned Parenthood Illinois Action, Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence, AIDS Foundation Chicago and many others have signaled support for the bill. So far 108 people and organizations have submitted witness slips to the committee in support of the bill.

To submit a witness slip to support the bill, use this link. Check the “Record of Appearance Only” box when submitting.