WESTMONT, Ill. — Building on years of advocacy for affordable, accessible health care, state Rep. Jenn Ladisch Douglass, D-Elmhurst, is highlighting the significant investments in health care in the fiscal year 2024 budget. This includes funding for the Illinois Association of Free and Charitable Clinics and the DuPage Health Coalition, nonprofit organizations that connect low-income and uninsured DuPage County residents to health care services regardless of their ability to pay.
“Health care is an essential service that everyone deserves, and it’s critical that we do not leave our most vulnerable behind. The work of the DuPage Health Coalition and the other free clinics represented by the Illinois Association of Free and Charitable Clinics is invaluable to the people of Illinois, especially those who are uninsured or otherwise unable to afford care,” Ladisch Douglass said. “Our budget is a representation of what we value as a state, and our critical investments in health care clearly show that the health and wellbeing of our communities is a top priority.”
Thanks to smart spending decisions and fiscal responsibility, the Ladisch Douglass-backed budget improves access to affordable health care in underserved communities across the state, due in part to the funding of IAFCC clinics. The budget also makes critical investments in behavioral health, mental health, and addiction treatment.
“Everyone deserves access to high quality, affordable health care, so we must continue to support and expand this critical service,” Ladisch Douglass said. “Although we’ve made tremendous progress this year, there is always more work to be done. I am eager to continue collaborating with stakeholders and my fellow legislators to support health care in all forms so that all Illinoisans can access the care they need.”