- Published: 18 January 2017
Today Senator John Mulroe (D-Chicago) was appointed chairman of the Senate Insurance Committee. Mulroe has served on the committee for four years.
“I look forward to working with my fellow committee members to handle the numerous issues that come before the insurance committee that affect my district, our state and country,” Mulroe said. “If the Affordable Care Act is repealed at the federal level, I will work with stakeholders to ensure that whatever replaces it is truly affordable, does not overly burden the middle class and provides participants with access to use the doctors and hospitals they choose.”
In Illinois, more than 350,000 individuals have enrolled in the Affordable Care Act through the insurance marketplace since it was established and even more have been covered through the Medicaid expansion. Federal attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act without a replacement could leave 18 million individuals who are currently insured without coverage.
The Affordable Care Act has allowed children to stay on their parents’ insurance until they are 26, protected individuals from being denied coverage for pre-existing conditions, and lowered the cost of preventative treatment.
Taking on this new role will require Mulroe to step down as chairman of the Senate Public Health Committee, but he will continue to serve as an active member of the panel.