State Senator Laura FineSPRINGFIELD – To ensure costs are not the deciding factor for residents considering getting a vaccination, State Senator Laura Fine advanced a measure to require insurance to cover certain vaccines without out-of-pocket expenses.

“Vaccinations, whether it is for COVID or the flu, may mean the difference between life and death for some individuals,” said Fine (D-Glenview). “The cost of a vaccine should not be an unnecessary barrier to protecting your health.”

Under the measure, all group and individual insurance policies and managed care plans would be required to cover the fees associated with COVID-19 vaccines, flu vaccines and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) vaccines, including administration of the vaccination. Currently, individuals with certain insurance plans may have to pay administration fees.

“Residents make the decision to get vaccinated for different personal reasons,” said Fine. “When insurance plans meet the needs of consumers, we can increase access to essential health care services across the state.”

Senate Bill 2744 passed the Senate on Thursday and heads to the House for further consideration.