Understand The Issue

Patients cannot afford prescription medications

Skyrocketing out-of-pocket costs put lifesaving medications out of reach for people with chronic conditions and communicable diseases. Many medications can cost a patient between 20-50% of the drug’s total cost each month, causing people living with arthritis, cancer, epilepsy, HIV and others to pay hundreds, even thousands of dollars a month.

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People living with chronic or life-threatening diseases should not be additionally burdened with exorbitant out-of-pocket costs for medications.

When the cost of medication becomes too high for someone who needs necessary treatment, they may stop taking the medicine or skip dosages, which oftentimes causes conditions to worsen and allows the illness to spread. This results in unhealthier communities and a rise in overall medical costs.

Over the past two years in Illinois, a number of bills have been introduced in an effort to provide patients access to affordable treatment and care, but more must be done. Patients deserve access to the best possible treatment – free from worry about high out-of-pocket costs, deceptive pharmacy benefit manager practices, confusing insurance plans and more.

Please encourage your legislators to do more to protect patients.