Expanding Quality Affordable Health Care

JB believes that health care is a right, not a privilege, and as Governor he has been fighting to expand access to care, improve the quality of care available, and make it more affordable.

  • Reduced the Medicaid backlog left by the previous administration, providing health care to 129,000 more Illinoisans
  • Capped the price of insulin to reduce the cost of a life-saving medicine
  • Enshrined reproductive rights in state law, protecting the freedom of choice from the potential overturning of Roe v. Wade by the U.S. Supreme Court
  • Strengthened critical access hospitals in rural communities
  • Provided $3.8 billion to hospitals to increase access to medical treatment in underserved communities
  • Enacted the Health Care Affordability Act to expand health care to more children, pregnant women, and adults
  • Made Illinois the first state in the nation to provide Medicaid postpartum coverage to mothers for one year after baby’s birth
  • Raised age to buy tobacco, vapes, and other nicotine products to 21
  • Expanded insurance coverage for mammograms and other breast cancer screenings
  • Increased funding for crisis mental health services, suicide prevention, and substance abuse treatment
  • Expanded Medicaid to cover gender-affirming surgeries for transgender adults
  • Fully funded the reconstruction of Quincy Veterans’ Home and and nearly completed work on the long-delayed 200-bed Chicago Veterans’ Home
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