Martwick looks forward to health care initiatives

SPRINGFIELD — In response to the governor’s outlined budget proposal, State Senator Robert Martwick (D-Chicago) issued the following statement:

“I commend the governor for continuing to prioritize fiscal responsibility for our state. His proposed pension measures would help to secure our systems, ensure a timely repayment of our debt and provide confidence to our retirees that the benefits they’ve earned will be there when they need them.

“It is important to pursue the initiatives presented to increase access to health care by addressing step therapy and prior authorizations to allow doctors — not insurance companies — to make medical decisions for their patients. We need to ensure people can receive the medical care they need without interference. Too many middle-class Illinoisans have been denied the services they need and become crushed by medical debt. Allocating funding to eliminate existing debt for over one million Illinoisans is vital.”