Prescription Drug Task Force

Agency: Health and Human Services

The Prescription Drug Task Force was created by Executive Order 2020-01 as an advisory body within the Department of Health and Human Services. The Task Force will act in an advisory capacity to the governor and will analyze the scope and causes of the problem of high-cost prescription drugs in Michigan and the impact of this problem on this state’s residents, communities, and businesses; Analyze the way prescription drug prices are set in Michigan and identify strategies for increasing the transparency of that process; Recommend legislative and administrative actions that can be taken, and policy-related changes that can be implemented by governmental and non-governmental agencies, relevant to lowering prescription drug prices for consumers in Michigan; Recommend legislative and administrative actions that can be taken, and policy-related changes that can be implemented by governmental and non-governmental agencies, relevant to increasing transparency in the pricing of prescription drugs in Michigan; Provide other information or advice or take other actions as requested by the governor.

The Task Force consists of the following 9 members from the executive branch of state government appointed by the governor:

The director of the Department and a designee of the director from within the Department; or two designees of the director from within the Department; The director of the Department of Insurance and Financial Services, or the director’s designee from within that department; The director of the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, or the director’s designee from within that department; The following officers of the legislative branch of state government:

  1. Three members of the Michigan House of Representatives designated by the governor.
  2. Two members of the Michigan Senate designated by the governor.

Members of the Task Force are ex officio members and serve at the pleasure of the governor. The Task Force must complete its work and submit a final report to the governor detailing its findings and recommendations by August 15, 2020.

Executive Order 2020-01

 Contact:

Jared Welehodsky
Senior Analyst, Policy and Strategic Initiatives
Policy and Planning Administration
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
517-284-4761
welehodskyj@michigan.gov

Current Members:

MDHHS Director Robert Gordon or designee
Term expires 08/15/2020

DIFS Director Anita Fox, or designee
Term expires 08/15/2020

LARA Director Orlene Hawks, or designee
Term expires 08/15/2020

Sen. Winnie Brinks (SD-29)
Term expires 08/15/2020

Sen. Curt VanderWall (SD-35)
Term expires 08/15/2020

Rep. Angela Witwer (HD-71)
Term expires 08/15/2020

Rep. Padma Kuppa (HD-41)
Term expires 08/15/2020

Rep. Hank Vaupel (HD-47)
Term expires 08/15/2020