vp 1122SPRINGFIELD – Following the start of the 102nd General Assembly, Senator Patricia Van Pelt (D-Chicago) was named chair of the new Healthcare Access and Availability committee.

“I am happy to serve as chair of this committee, and to continue my work advocating for equity in the health care spectrum,” Van Pelt said. “This role will allow me to better sift through the legislation that my colleagues and I work on to home in on the specific obstacles facing access and availability.”

Healthcare Access and Availability will begin a new committee that will focus on the deeper barriers minorities face in access to health care.

A member of the Senate since 2012, Van Pelt has been an advocate for equality in the health care spectrum as well as criminal justice and other areas. She previously chaired the Public Health committee.

“I will continue to fight for equal health care, including advocating support for the Black Caucus health care agenda, which we hope to pass this sessions.”

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