VanderWall named to bipartisan Prescription Drug Task Force

LANSING, Mich. — The governor has appointed Senate Health Policy and Human Services Committee Chairman Sen. Curt VanderWall to the statewide, bipartisan Prescription Drug Task Force, charged with improving transparency and lowering the cost of prescription drugs.

“It is an honor and a solemn duty I take very seriously to be named to the Prescription Drug Task Force,” said VanderWall, R-Ludington. “It is critical we address the high cost of prescription drugs, especially for folks in rural areas. I look forward to working with health leaders across the state to get this done.”

The Prescription Drug Task Force will consist of leaders from the Michigan Legislature and the departments of Health and Human Services, Insurance and Financial Services, and Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

Over the past six years, the average price of drugs prescribed to treat diabetes, heart disease, depression and other common conditions has more than doubled. To help remedy this, the Prescription Drug Task Force will identify strategies and recommend legislative and administrative actions that can be taken to increase transparency in the pricing of prescription drugs and to lower costs for Michigan families.

The other lawmakers on the task force are Sen. Winnie Brinks, D-Grand Rapids; Rep. Hank Vaupel, R-Fowlerville; Rep. Padma Kuppa, D-Troy; and Rep. Angela Witwer, D-Delta Township.

The Task Force will complete its work and submit a final report to the governor detailing its findings and recommendations by Aug. 15.