Sen. Stadelman

SPRINGFIELD –To lower the price of prescription drugs for consumers, State Senator Steve Stadelman has introduced legislation that would require the Illinois Department of Public Health to explore production and distribution options with generic prescription drugs.

“Access to affordable medication is essential for the wellbeing of Illinoisans,” said Stadelman (D-Rockford). “Far too many families are burdened by the cost of essential medications.”

Senate Bill 3154 would require the Illinois Department of Public Health to partner with generic drug manufacturers to produce low-cost prescription options for residents. This would lower prices, increase access and address shortages. According to the Healthcare Value Hub, nearly three in five people experienced health care affordability burdens in the past year, and four in five worry about affording health care in the future.

“Skyrocketing drug prices are not fair to Illinoisans struggling to put food on the table,” said Stadelman. “No person should have to choose between putting dinner on their table or getting the medications they need.”

Senate Bill 3154 awaits action in the Senate.