Laura Fine understands the needs and challenges in reforming Illinois’ health insurance system. She lived it. Following a serious car accident, Laura’s husband was severely injured and lost his arm. Her family was faced with nearly $600,000 in medical bills when their insurance company refused payment and attempted to drop his coverage.
After fighting tirelessly with the insurance industry and working with elected officials to make change, Laura ran and was elected to the Illinois House in 2012 to advocate for others facing challenges with their health care coverage. As a state representative, Laura passed a law, that increased mandatory automobile liability insurance which had not changed since 1985.
Laura’s personal experiences gave her an intimate understanding of how Illinois families struggle with navigating the health insurance system and inspired her to be a fierce advocate for healthcare reform in Illinois. Laura sponsored bills in the House that require insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions in Illinois, and control the rising costs of prescription medications. Laura also sponsored bills to continue government funding of Planned Parenthood and co-sponsored HB40, a bill to protect women’s choice in Illinois.
Laura will continue fighting to ensure that no family has to go through the same financial difficulties as hers did when seeking necessary, urgent care. Throughout her time in the Illinois House, Laura has proven to be an empathetic and fierce leader in her fight for working families and will continue to put families first as a state senator.
Laura is a candidate for State Senate in the 9th district, which includes Evanston, New Trier, Niles, Northfield. Follow Laura on Facebook for updates on her campaign!