HB1046SignExemplifying her belief that quality medical care is what everyone deserves, Sen. Mattie Hunter championed an initiative extending health care assistance opportunities to the imprisoned recently signed into law  by Illinois’ chief executive.

"Whether in jail or not, you are a person and your health is valuable and a priority," Hunter said, "That is what I'm trying to achieve with this legislation. Being in a penitentiary in no way equates to an individual being undeserving of quality medical attention."

Hunter is the sole senate sponsor of House Bill 1046 regarding medical aid eligibility for incarcerated individuals who are not already enrolled for health care assistance. The legislation gives those currently imprisoned the opportunity to apply for medical aid any time while serving their sentence instead of being made to wait until 30 days before they are released.

"Health needs do not have a specific time or place, nor do they recognize any limits," Hunter continued. "That is why this measure reduces disparities and removes limits regarding medical assistance for this vulnerable population and it is in the best interest of all citizens.” 

House Bill 1046 was approved by the governor and takes effect immediately as state statute as Public Act 98-1039.