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Springfield: Restricting PBM Tools Will Raise Costs for Consumers, Employers + the State

Monday, Mar 29, 2021

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Employers in Illinois provide prescription drug coverage for nearly 6.7 million Illinoisans. In order to help keep care more affordable, employers work with pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), who deploy a variety of tools to reduce prescription drug costs and help improve health outcomes. In addition to helping employers, PBMs also work with the Illinois Medicaid program in the same way to help control costs. Over the last five years, PBMs have saved the state and taxpayers nearly $340 million.

Today, Illinois faces a multibillion budget shortfall as more Illinoisans are relying on Medicaid to help meet their health care coverage needs. As legislators work to address these challenges, one way to help ensure continued cost savings is by strengthening the PBM tools that the State and employers use, which are poised to save employers, consumers and the State $39 billion over the next 10 years. These are meaningful savings that will help continue to contain costs, ensure consumer access to medicines and drive savings in public health programs.

Amid a pandemic and economic challenges, now is the time to strengthen, not limit, the tools that employers, consumers and the State rely on to manage costs and ensure consumers can access the medicines they need.

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Three Months To Make History: Time Is Running Out To Pass The Path To 100 Act

Monday, Mar 29, 2021

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The US is surging ahead on clean energy while Illinois falls behind. The Path to 100 Act (HB 2640 / SB 1601) was introduced more than two years ago to address the crisis facing renewable energy in Illinois.

Since then:

    • Illinois Power Agency ran out of funding for renewable energy and stopped approving new projects
    • More than 3,000 solar projects have been placed on waitlists and won’t be built unless the general assembly acts
    • Illinois’ solar industry lost an estimated 3,500 jobs
    • California, Colorado, Maine, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Washington and Virginia all passed 100% clean energy legislation – and pulled renewable energy investment and talent away from Illinois
    • President Biden campaigned and won on a promise to decarbonize the electricity sector by 2035

If we don’t fix Illinois’ renewable energy policy this session, we will lose thousands more wind and solar jobs and be left behind as the rest of the country gets to work building to clean energy. Take action at www.pathto100.net.

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Credit Unions: The People Helping People Philosophy

Monday, Mar 29, 2021

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A Fair Map Prioritizes Voting Rights And Public Input

Monday, Mar 29, 2021

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Representative democracy works best when people actively engage in policy discussions and elections, ensuring that communities of color, long disenfranchised, are prioritized. Historically, Illinois’ redistricting process favors incumbents and is dominated by partisan, rather than community, objectives.

In 2021, we can create a fair map for Illinoisans that puts their interests first with a process that:

    ● Invites broad, meaningful public input through at least 35 public hearings for community members
    ● Requires fairness standards that prioritize people of color through the Federal Voting Rights Act, the Illinois Voting Rights Act, and communities of interest
    ● Allows for the public to weigh in on a map proposal through a public hearing and responses to suggestions before a final vote
    ● Is transparent, with a centralized website including all remap records and discussions and a compliance report detailing how the map meets these standards

Learn more at CHANGEIL.org.

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Illinois Small Businesses Support - And Need - The Clean Energy Jobs Act

Monday, Mar 29, 2021

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About ten years ago, a retired firefighter used his pension to start a new energy efficiency company called Verde Energy Efficiency Experts. Now, the Ravenswood-based business has 28 employees and is hoping to grow even more in the coming years. Even at the height of the pandemic, they were able to keep their employees on the payroll while supporting other small businesses through cost-saving energy efficiency improvements.

To be clear, these aren’t just jobs - they’re good jobs. Employees at Verde have long-term employment, healthcare, retirement plans, student loan assistance, and more. So how did they do it, and what can Illinois do to keep supporting small businesses like theirs? We recently interviewed Beth Holaday, Partner Relations Manager at Verde, to learn more.

As Beth said, Verde is a great company, but if the state doesn’t take action to support clean energy jobs, businesses like this one might not survive the next ten years. That’s why she is urging Governor Pritzker and the legislature to pass the Clean Energy Jobs Act (CEJA) this spring!

CEJA recently passed the House Energy and Environment Committee and has a growing list of 43 cosponsors in the House. Learn more at ilcleanjobs.org.

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Monday, Mar 29, 2021

* Click here to see that the US Bureau of Economic Analysis claims Illinois had the best GDP growth of the ten largest states from the end of 2019 to the end of 2020.

Didn’t expect that.

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