Insurance Reform Measure Passes House; House Republicans Ensure No Enhancements for Migrants

During this week’s legislative session, the House passed the Healthcare Protection Act (HPA), a complex bill to reform insurance. The measure removes prior authorization for crisis mental healthcare and bans step therapy, which is when an insurance company requires a patient to try and fail alternative medications before covering medications recommended by their doctor. House Republicans were integral in negotiating the measure, and the resulting rollcall was bipartisan. Deputy Leader Ryan Spain (Peoria) took the lead questioning the bill, HB5395, and confirming in his line of questioning that it would not include any enhancements for migrants. The bill will now move to the Senate, where it will proceed through the Insurance Commitee for further review. Check out more from the bill’s debate here: