During a press conference yesterday, the Governor said the Illinois Department of Insurance has met with several large insurance companies about the need to quickly come to the aid of small businesses, many that had just recently reopened after months of being closed due to COVID-19. The governor called for expediting claims, providing advance payment and putting a moratorium on the cancellation or non-renewal of impacted policyholders for 60 days beginning Monday.
Insurance companies were also asked to err on the side of businesses when paying out claims for those that were unable to make full payments on their premiums since Pritzker issued an executive order on March 20.
Business owners who believe insurance companies are not honoring their policies are asked to file a complaint with the Illinois Department of Insurance at insurance.illinois.gov.
ILLINOIS COVID-19 IMPACT UPDATE
It is important to note that the Governor encouraged insurance companies to expedite claims but fell short of mandating any action.
IDPH is reporting a total of 129,212 cases, to date, including 6,018 deaths, in 101 of Illinois’s 102 counties. Only Scott County in west-central Illinois reports no COVID-19 cases to-date.
The state has conducted 1,079,182 tests to-date.
REGIONAL PROGRESS REPORT
Under the Governor’s Restore Illinois plan, in order to move from Phase 3 to Phase 4, each of the four medical regions must have a surge capacity of at least 14% for hospital beds, ICU beds and ventilators. The positivity rating for the region must be under 20% for a 14-day period. Any number in red means that region has not met the capacity requirement for that category. These numbers are calculated on 14-day rolling periods with a 3-day delay. Readers can find all the stats below, and more, here.
All numbers for all regions have been improving.
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