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Kotowski’s measure to speed up medication access signed into law

“This legislation eliminates dangerous delays for people receiving life-saving medication and will help to improve the health of thousands of Illinois residents.” - State Senator Dan Kotowski

Rx ImageRSPRINGFIELD – A measure, sponsored by State Senator Dan Kotowski (D-Park Ridge), giving Illinoisans quicker access to crucial medication by streamlining the medication coverage approval process was signed into law today.

“Those in need of medicine should not have to wait days, or even weeks, to know whether they will receive medications prescribed by their doctors,” said Kotowski. “This legislation eliminates those delays and will help to improve the health of thousands of Illinois residents.”

Previously, the approval process could be both time-consuming and confusing, causing a massive bottleneck that prevented patients from getting prescriptions in a timely matter.

Now, prior authorization requests for medications must be approved or denied by an insurance company within 72 hours.

The measure also improves the state's Health Exchange by requiring insurers to be more transparent and provide consumers with additional information about the insurance coverage and medication costs in each plan.

The legislation is part of Kotowski’s continued efforts to ensure that Illinoisans have access to affordable and efficient health care and is supported by dozens of health advocacy organizations, including the Epilepsy Foundation of Great Chicago, American Cancer Society and several mental health advocacy organizations such as Mental Health America and the National Association for the Mentally Ill.

Rep. Laura Fine (D-Glenview) was the chief sponsor of the legislation in the Illinois House.

Senator Dan Kotowski

28th District

Years served:
2007 - 2016

Committee assignments: Appropriations I (Vice-Chairperson); Criminal Law; Appropriations II (Chairperson); Higher Education; Revenue; Committee of the Whole.

Biography: First elected in 2007, a life-long resident of Illinois, Kotowski was born and raised in Chicago. Graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a degree in English and Communications, and he obtained his Master’s Degree from DePaul University in Chicago.