Sen. Laura Fine

SPRINGFIELD – Illinoisans will soon have annual mental health wellness visits covered under their insurance at no additional cost, thanks to a new law sponsored by State Senator Laura Fine.

“Much like annual checkups for your physical health, annual mental health visits allow specialists to identify or address underlying mental health concerns or new symptoms that may have come up in the past year,” said Fine (D-Glenview). “Offering these annual visits at no additional cost will encourage people to treat their mental health as seriously as their physical health, and seek this form of health care that everyone can benefit from.”

House Bill 2847 requires health insurance plans under the Insurance Code, State Employees Group Insurance Act of 1971, the Counties Code, the Illinois Municipal Code and the School Code to cover annual mental health checkups and wellness visits starting in 2025.

It also encourages the Illinois Department of Public Health to engage in an educational campaign to bring awareness to the public regarding mental health and wellness. These initiatives will continue to normalize prioritizing and treating mental health concerns, leading to greater well-being throughout the state.

“The stigma around mental health prevents many people from seeking the support they need to fully thrive,” said Fine. “By normalizing annual mental health checkups, I am hopeful people will feel more comfortable taking that first step of reaching out for help and receive the care they deserve.”

House Bill 2847 was signed into law on Friday.