DEERFIELD, Ill. – State Rep. Bob Morgan, D-Deerfield, will continue his career-spanning efforts to improve health care access and outcomes for Illinoisans and their families after being appointed as Chair of the Illinois House Health Care Licenses Committee for the 103rd General Assembly. He brings with him a wealth of experience from a career spent tackling issues in and around health care.
“I’m particularly excited about this appointment because it gives me a unique opportunity to draw on my experience to advance policies that help Illinoisians struggling with the shortcomings in our health care system,” Morgan said. “I’ve worked in and around health care for my entire career, and that creates an opportunity to craft truly innovative policy solutions.”
Before his election to the House, Morgan was an attorney specializing in cases pertaining to health care, including while working in the Office of the Governor and as General Counsel for the Illinois Department of Public Health, where he helped implement both the Affordable Care Act and the Medical Cannabis Program. In his time chairing the committee, Morgan hopes, among other things, to take the lead in crafting policy aimed at speeding the recovery of the state’s health care network and workforce following the COVID-19 pandemic.
“During and since the pandemic, our health care system—including the outstanding people whose everyday labor and sacrifices make it run—has taken a beating,” Morgan said. “The labor shortage throughout the health care system is as understandable as it is critical. Our doctors, nurses, specialists and other workers put in incredibly long hours, risked their health and often that of their families and routinely went far above and beyond to deliver care and save lives. Despite that, not enough has been done to take care of them, to adjust policies to account for new realities or to ensure there are enough of these critical workers—not only to meet current needs but to be prepared for future crises so that we aren’t overwhelmed again. I look forward to helping address these challenges and many others in this new session.”
Morgan’s office is reachable at 847-780-8471 or firstname.lastname@example.org.