SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois prisoners soon might not have to pay a copay to see a doctor.
A bill that eliminates prisoner copays for medical care has been sent to Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s desk for him to sign. The bill, HB2045, states the Department of Corrections and the Department of Juvenile Justice cannot require a committed person to pay any co-payment for receiving medical or dental services.
Prisoners currently pay a $5 copay for these services.
Former Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed a similar bill in 2018.
State Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth (D-Peoria) is a co-sponsor of HB2045.
According to CBS affiliate KHQA, IDOC said they would lose roughly $400,000 over the next decade if the bill were to become a law.
Illinois prisoners make as little as $0.09 an hour, according to the Prison Policy Initiative.