CHICAGO — State Rep. Jawaharial “Omar” Williams, D-Chicago, will continue to advocate for greater access to affordable prescription drugs as chair of the Prescription Drug Affordability committee.
“Prescription drugs are a medical necessity for hundreds of thousands of Illinoisans. All too often, we hear stories in the news about innocent people losing their lives because they could not afford life-saving medication. This is and has always been unacceptable,” Williams said. “A person’s financial situation should not limit their ability to obtain and use prescription drugs. As the chair of the Prescription Drug Affordability committee, I am committed to exploring comprehensive policy solutions to this complex problem, so that everyone can afford the medicine they need.”
This committee appointment builds on Williams’ work to expand access to life saving drugs. Williams previously introduced a measure to supply performance venues with naloxone and trained staff to prevent opioid overdoses at large events.
“High prescription drug prices perpetuate racial disparities in health outcomes, with people of color suffering disproportionately. As a committee, our work will be centered in equity so that all Illinoisans, regardless of race or financial circumstance, can pay for the medication they need to live healthy lives,” Williams said. “I thank Speaker Welch for this appointment and I’m eager to collaborate with my fellow committee members to build a healthier Illinois.”