June 25, 2015

Biss lauds Supreme Court decision to uphold health care subsidies
Ruling allows 232,000 Illinoisans to maintain affordable coverage

SPRINGFIELD — State Senator Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) issued the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling this morning in King v. Burwell that subsidies to help eligible individuals pay for health insurance are available under the Affordable Care Act, including in states, such as Illinois, where the federal government administers the insurance exchange:

I'm thrilled the U.S Supreme Court has ruled to uphold health care subsidies for all states under the Affordable Care Act. Even though the law is relatively new, millions of Americans have come to depend on it for their health care, and the subsidies provide critical support -- both to individuals and to the overall functionality of the law. More than 232,000 low- and moderate-income Illinoisans benefit from today's ruling, and we should all celebrate this victory for their standard of living and peace of mind.


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biss on floor 4 march2015 rSPRINGFIELD — In support of a press conference held yesterday by Equality Illinois, other legislative and government leaders and professionals of the mental health community, Senator Daniel Biss (D – Evanston) released the following statement in opposition to gay conversion therapy and in support of a legislative effort to ban such practices.

"Conversion therapy," a practice that seeks to change sexual orientation of gay, lesbian or bisexual individuals, can cause anxiety, mental illness, trauma and suicide. I stand with Equality Illinois, Representative Kelly Cassidy, and many other state and national leaders and organizations in strong opposition to this practice that is harming youth in Illinois.

Many professional organizations of mental health professionals are strongly opposed to this practice because they deem it to be dangerous. It is crucial that we enact legislation as soon as possible to protect our citizens, especially minors, from this risk. It is time for the state of Illinois to stand with President Obama and leaders and experts from across the country and stop putting our children directly in harms' way.

I am delighted to be carrying this bill, and I will continue to fight for the rights and health of the LGBTQ community in Illinois, and to keep our children safe, just the way they are.

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Biss100SPRINGFIELD — State Senator Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) issued the following statement after listening to the governor's State of the State address:

Though I am glad the governor is focusing on reforming our tax and criminal justice systems and attempting to bring more employment opportunities to Illinois, I don’t believe, as he seems to, that the path to prosperity runs through cutting wages and eroding the middle class. This approach to governing will only serve to reverse any progress we’ve made, and sentence us to long-term economic stagnation that will harm all Illinois families.

I very much hope to find common ground with this administration. But we must start by respecting Illinois workers and their families, and then finding sound, compassionate solutions to our most pressing problems.

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SPRINGFIELD Illinois citizens without access to workplace-based retirement plans will be thrown a lifeline under a new law sponsored by state Senator Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) and signed today by Governor Quinn. The law, which establishes the Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program, seeks to head off an impending crisis resulting from the fact that 2.5 million Illinois workers currently lack access to employer-based retirement plans. It will make Illinois the first state in the union to have a law on the books automatically enrolling such workers into a retirement savings plan.

“More than a dozen states are considering a variety of solutions to the problem of dwindling retirement security,” Biss said. “I’m pleased Illinois is at the forefront of enabling people to maintain dignity and quality of life after they leave the workforce. My hope is that other states would follow our lead in seeking solutions to this pressing and underreported crisis.”

Researchers at the National Institute on Retirement Security estimate that the national retirement savings deficit is at least a staggering $6.8 trillion. One of the major causes of this problem is the huge number of employees who lack access to work-based retirement plans. Secure Choice will tackle this by automatically enrolling most such workers in a portable Roth IRA savings account; those who do not want to participate may opt out of the plan at any time. Click here for more information about how Secure Choice — which could be implemented as early as June 1, 2015 — will help workers start saving.

“The opportunity to save using a Secure Choice account will prevent many seniors from facing appalling choices — whether to buy food or medication, for example, or whether to live in poverty or continue working despite declining health,” Biss said. “For the first time, millions of Illinois workers will have a better option and more hope for the future.”


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