Non-vaccinated should not be forced to pay own COVID-19 healthcare expenses

SPRINGFIELD – State Sen. Brian Stewart (R-Freeport) says he strongly opposes a recently-introduced proposal that would force non-vaccinated individuals who contract COVID-19 to pay their own healthcare expenses regardless of their insurance coverage.

“My office has been receiving a number of calls and e-mails about a recently-introduced proposal that would require non-vaccinated individuals who contract COVID-19 to pay for their own healthcare expenses regardless of their insurance coverage,” Stewart said. “I strongly oppose this proposal.”

The 45th District Senator says a legislative and legal analysis shows that the language introduced would conflict with pre-existing federal law. Even if this idea were to somehow pass the Illinois General Assembly, it would likely be challenged and struck down in court.

The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has recently issued guidance on this topic, stating in part, “Plans and issuers may not discriminate in eligibility for benefits or coverage based on whether or not an individual obtains a COVID-19 vaccination.”

The lawmaker who originally introduced this proposal has currently tabled his legislation, but Stewart says his office will keep a close eye on the topic during the upcoming legislative session, and will do what it takes to ensure all Illinoisans continue to receive the healthcare coverage they deserve regardless of their vaccination status.

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