Durbin Joins AIDS Foundation Of Chicago To Discuss Importance Of Protecting Access To Health Care

SPRINGFIELD – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today spoke at the AIDS Foundation of Chicago’s virtual breakfast about the inequities in health care for the LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS communities and about the Trump Administration’s continued attempts to dismantle and invalidate the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  In his remarks, Durbin also spoke about the need to improve the United States’ COVID-19 pandemic response and the importance of protecting people’s access to health care.

“The ACA has provided millions of Americans with quality health insurance and has protected people with preexisting conditions – such as HIV/AIDS – from the past abuses of insurance companies.  And yet, President Trump is asking the Supreme Court to overturn the ACA in its entirety, in the midst of a global pandemic that has killed more than 175,000 Americans.  The President does not understand or care that people – all people – need health insurance,” said Durbin.  “Congress must do more to benefit the LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS communities and ensure they have the proper health care to see themselves through this pandemic.”

Durbin is a cosponsor of the Coronavirus 2019 Special Enrollment Period Act, which would establish a special enrollment period to allow Americans to purchase health care coverage through the federal health insurance marketplace exchange during the COVID-19 pandemic.