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.

  • Eliminated the Medicaid backlog left by the previous administration and expanded health care to hundreds of thousands more Illinoisans
  • Lowered the cost of prescription drugs and increased transparency around pricing
  • Capped the price of insulin to reduce the cost of a life-saving medicine
  • Enshrined reproductive rights in state law, protecting the freedom to choose from the potential overturning of Roe v. Wade by the U.S. Supreme Court
  • Strengthened critical access hospitals in rural communities
  • Fully funded nursing home rate reform and a redesigned provider assessment to maximize federal dollars, encourage staffing, and improve quality
  • Provided $3.8 billion to hospitals to increase access to medical treatment in underserved communities
  • Made Illinois the first state in the nation to provide Medicaid postpartum coverage to mothers for one year after baby’s birth
  • 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
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