Governor JB Pritzker signed legislation into law on May 13 passed this spring by Assistant Minority Leader Rep. Keith Wheeler, R-Oswego, to 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 bill passed the House of Representatives in a unanimous vote of 108-0 on February 24 before advancing to the State Senate, where it passed 53-0 on March 31.
“Women that I know in my own life and many others throughout 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. “With this new law, we will ensure that coverage for hormone therapy will be offered to these brave women to help them start the next chapter of their lives with the full range of health care options they need and deserve.”
Rep. Wheeler’s bill was sponsored in the State Senate by Sen. Linda Holmes, D-Aurora. “I would like to thank Senator Holmes for carrying my bill in the Senate, and all of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle who supported my commitment to strengthening health care options for women across Illinois.” The new law goes into effect January 1, 2023.
Rep. Wheeler serves the 50th District which includes portions of Kane and Kendall Counties.