Syverson appointed to Drug Committee

Syverson appointed to Drug Committee


SPRINGFIELD—State Sen. Dave Syverson is continuing his crusade to help senior citizens afford much-needed prescription medications. Syverson (R-Rockford) was appointed this week to the Senior-Pharmaceutical Assistance Review Committee.

“The prescription drug crisis is only getting worse, and this week’s report by the Kaiser Family Foundation only emphasizes the need to further address this issue,” said Syverson. “Illinois may not have found a solution to the prescription drug crisis yet, but we are continuing to work on the issue so senior citizens can get the medicines they need without having to worry about the cost.”

Syverson sponsored Senate Bill 2098 Public Act 92-594 this spring. The new law creates a toll-free clearinghouse for information on all prescription drug discounts—public and private—so senior citizens have one-stop shopping to find discount programs. The law also commissions a study on the impact of prescription drug costs for senior citizens with higher income levels and higher costs for needed medications.

Finally, the law creates the 17-member committee, composed of lawmakers, agency representatives and public members. Together, they will advise state government on existing and future public discount programs and recommend legislative changes to benefit Illinois senior citizens.

In addition to Syverson, Senate President James “Pate” Philip also appointed Senator Laura Kent Donahue (R-Quincy) and Donna Ginther of the AARP. Ginther’s appointment fulfills Philip’s pledge that his public appointment on the committee would be a member of the AARP so senior citizens have a direct voice in all future decisions. Ginther serves as the organization’s Government Relations Liaison.

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