Illinois House approves Rep. Wheeler’s women’s health bill

The Illinois House of Representatives voted unanimously on Thursday to approve legislation sponsored by Assistant Minority Leader Rep. Keith Wheeler, R-Oswego, that would require health insurance plans to offer coverage for hormone therapy treatment for women who have undergone a hysterectomy. Rep. Wheeler’s legislation is House Bill 5254. The vote was 108-0.

“Women that I know in my own life and many others across Illinois have made the decision to protect their health by choosing to undergo a hysterectomy, from which they face the often difficult physical challenges of adjusting to a new normal,” Rep. Wheeler said. “By passing this bill into law, we will ensure that coverage for hormone therapy will be offered to patients who have undergone a hysterectomy to help them start the next chapter of their lives with the full range of health care options they need and deserve.”

House Bill 5254 now advances to the State Senate for consideration, where it is being sponsored by Sen. Linda Holmes, D-Aurora.  Rep. Wheeler’s legislation enjoyed bipartisan support in the House, including from Rep. Barbara Hernandez, D-Aurora, as Chief Co-Sponsor in addition to 12 Republican co-sponsors including Rep. Avery Bourne, R-Morrsionville.

Rep. Wheeler serves the 50th District which includes portions of Kane and Kendall Counties.