Stephens Named to Gov’s Task Force on Reducing Rx Prices

October 31, 2019

Door County Medical Center CEO and WHA Transparency Task Force Chair Brian Stephens has been appointed to the Governor’s Task Force on Reducing Prescription Drug Prices. Gov. Tony Evers’ administration announced the 21-member task force – made up of executive agency officials, legislators, health care stakeholders and advocacy groups – Oct. 28. The Task Force was formed via executive order in August. 

WHA nominated Stephens to serve on the Task Force, which is scheduled to hold its first meeting Nov. 20. 

In his letter to Gov. Evers regarding his nomination, Stephens pointed out how his hospital sees the effects of high drug costs every day. “The cost of prescription drugs to our patients and drug therapies within our hospital has been a challenging issue for us to navigate,” Stephens wrote. “Our patients see that cost directly when they come into a community pharmacy and our employers see this cost, passed on to them as part of any hospital care they, their employees or families receive in our facilities.

“I look forward to working with your team . . . to enact policies that will benefit patients across Wisconsin,” Stephens continued.          

The Task Force will be chaired by Office of the Commissioner of Insurance Deputy Commissioner Nathan Houdek.

This story originally appeared in the October 31, 2019 edition of WHA Newsletter