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The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that we need to make significant improvements to how we manage our healthcare. I believe that healthcare is a right, and that we need to make sure everyone is covered. Here are a few things we can we can do here in Illinois: 

  • Make sure we are all covered: The first thing we can do is make sure that our healthcare exchange is as robust as possible, especially during emergencies like the pandemic. If people are losing their jobs, that means most are also losing their health insurance. We owe it to residents to be able to efficiently and effectively provide them with health insurance in a crisis.
  • Assure Medicaid Coverage: We need to do everything we can to get Medicaid payments on a regular, reliable schedule. This will increase insurer, provider, and patient confidence in the program and make it easier for the state to negotiate with providers and insurers. Thousands of 68th District residents rely on Medicaid in some form, so it’s imperative that our local providers accept Medicaid coverage. I recently signed on to a letter urging Mercyhealth to reverse their decision to not accept Medicaid at their Rockton Ave campus. You can read it here.
  • Implement Workplace Sick Leave: One of the most important conversations that needs to happen in the context of this pandemic is about worker benefits. The two most important I think are hazard pay and paid sick leave. If a worker is declared essential and has to report to work, they should be compensated for the extra personal risk they are taking in order to keep our community functioning. Even without a pandemic, workplaces are a hot spot for the flu, colds, and other diseases. Paid sick leave would reduce the spread of diseases by allowing workers to stay home instead of coming to work sick because they’re worried about their next paycheck. These are good, commonsense policies.