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CHAMPAIGN – Champaign-area residents concerned about rising prescription drug prices will have an opportunity to become educated at a town hall on Monday, March 9th, presented by State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) and State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill).  

This is the first of a series of town halls that will be held across the state to discuss a package of bills to combat high prescription drug prices. 

“We in the General Assembly are aware of the growing difficulty Illinoisans are encountering regarding prescription drug prices,” Senator Bennett said. “Senator Manar and I would like to reach out to all who need our assistance, as this is just one of the many important health care issues that Illinois residents are facing today.”  

After Gov. JB Pritzker signed Manar and Bennett’s historic legislation to cap co-payments for insulin to $100 per month for all patients into law last month, thetwo legislators gained momentum to continue taking serious action to tackle high prescription drug prices and hold pharmaceutical companies accountable.

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SPRINGFIELD – Senate Agriculture Chairman Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) introduced a resolution to add farming to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program Wednesday.

Student loan debt is on the rise, totaling more than $1.5 trillion, creating an additional barrier for young farmers to make a living. This is causing young people to steer away from farming as a profession.

Bennett urges U.S. Congress to expand the PSLF program so that it includes farming as an applicable career for loan forgiveness.

According to the Federal Student Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education, the PSLF program forgives the remaining balance on Direct Loans after you have made 120 (10 years) qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer.

“It is critical that beginning farmers have resources to help them get started in the industry,” Senator Bennett said. “Adding farmers to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program will create a pathway for young people with student debt to succeed in agriculture.”

Senate Resolution 992 awaits consideration in the Illinois Senate. Lawmakers are scheduled to return to Springfield Feb. 18.

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RANTOUL – State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) and State Representative Mike Marron (R-Fithian) invite residents to their February joint office hour in Rantoul.

Senator Bennett and Representative Marron host a joint office hour on the second Thursday of each month from 12 to 1 p.m. at the Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce (120 E. Sangamon Ave., Rantoul) to assist with constituent services. 

“I feel it’s important to stay in direct contact with community members so I can stay aware of their concerns,” Bennett said. “I invite anyone who has a question about what’s going on in Springfield or an urgent concern about state government to stop by the Chamber next Thursday for assistance.”

To stay up to date on events Senator Bennett’s office is hosting, he urges residents to visit SenatorBennett.com. 

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SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) raised concerns following the transition of DCFS children with complex needs into the Medicaid managed care form Wednesday.

Days after nearly 19,000 adopted children and former foster children transitioned to Medicaid managed care, an estimated 2,500 were affected by a glitch that has left them without insurance since Saturday.

The Senate Human Services committee held a hearing Tuesday to address concerns with the oversight of Medicaid managed care agencies in hopes to find a solution.

“There is a lack of communication with the agencies and it’s being taken out on the families,” Senator Bennett said. “We need to ensure these individuals have access to the health care they need and are kept informed – we have to stay aggressive to get this resolved.”

For health care coverage inquiries and dispute resolution, Bennett urges residents to call the Illinois DCFS Advocacy Office for Children and Families at 800-232-3798 or 217-524-2029, fax 217-557-7278 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To verify that your provider is part of the YouthCare network, call 844-289-2264 and ask for the Rapid Response Team or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For general questions, contact YouthCare at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Illinois DCFS at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For any additional questions, Bennett encourages residents to contact his office at 217-782-2507.

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