Legislative Wrap Up 2011: Advocacy Efforts Advance Health Care Cooperatives


Due to strong advocacy efforts, SBAC gained major momentum in forwarding passage of legislation implementing health care cooperatives in an effort to control excessive health insurance costs so often shouldered by small business. The legislation was passed with large bi-partisan support across the state by the Illinois House earlier this year, but remained stalled in the Illinois Senate during veto session.

 

Over the last several months the SBAC Health Care Committee,
led by Steve Banke of 3Points, served as a catalyst for driving effective
advocacy strategies to build coalitions and gain legislative support. With the
help of countless SBAC members, a strong coalition was built with area business
groups and consumer organizations including:

  • The Aurora Chamber of Commerce
  • The Big Ooga
  • The Greater O’Hare Association
  • The Highland Park Chamber of
    Commerce
  • Illinois PIRG
  • The Industrial Council of
    Nearwest Chicago (Chicago’s second largest Chamber)
  • Jewish B2B Networking
  • The Lincoln Park Chamber of
    Commerce
  • Local First Chicago;
  • The Quad Cities Chamber of
    Commerce
  • The Skokie Chamber of Commerce

Due to direct contacts by SBAC and coalition members, an
additional 15 senators signed on to co-sponsor the bill. The SBAC has set a
goal of obtaining a total of 30 senators to sign on as co-sponsors in 2012. The
SBAC is grateful to current co-sponsors, including:

    • Senator Jeffrey
      Schoenberg
    • Senator
      Annazette Collins
    • Senator
      Jacqueline Collins
    • Senator
      Susan Garrett
    • Senator
      Linda Holmes
    • Senator
      Dan Kotowski
    • Senator
      Emil Jones, III
    • Senator
      David Koehler
    • Senator
      Steven Landek
    • Senator
      Terry Link
    • Senator
      John Mulroe
    • Senator
      Antonio Munoz
    • Senator
      Michael Noland
    • Senator
      Martin Sandoval
    • Senator
      Ira Silverstein
    • Senator
      Heather Steans

SBAC plans to continue and enhance its member advocacy
efforts and expects to see the bill signed into law in 2012. Stay tuned to the
SBAC blog and Legislative E-Newsletter to obtain additional updates about HB
3236 and learn more about how you can support efforts to pass this legislation
into law.

Did you participate in the advocacy campaign to get HB 3236
passed or have ideas about how to improve SBAC’s advocacy campaign in 2012?
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