Rep. Dagmara "Dee" Avelar

As a part of her efforts to provide relief for families during the pandemic, state Rep. Dagmara “Dee” Avelar, D-Bolingbrook, is sponsoring a bill that would lower taxes on certain food, drugs, and medical appliances.

“The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to provide economic challenges,” said Avelar. “By exempting certain everyday products from a tax, this bill will put money back into the pockets of families across Illinois.”

House Bill 4819 exempts many medical materials, such as prescription and nonprescription drugs, medical devices used for cancer treatment, insulin, and blood sugar testing materials from a 1 percent tax. Most food that is not prepared for immediate consumption will also be included under the exemption. The bill is modeled after a provision of the FY 2023 budget proposal by Gov. JB Pritzker.

“No one should have to go without the food, medicine and medical equipment they need,” said Avelar. “This bill is one part of my ongoing fight to provide relief for families and lower the cost of healthcare materials. I’m proud to stand with the governor to build a stronger Illinois.”

via The Times Weekly

February 16, 2022 at 11:15PM