Bipartisan insulin legislation can still be passed in 2019
St. Paul, Minn. – As negotiations on the compromise Health and Human Services Budget Bill continue between the House and Senate, it was announced that provisions for emergency access to insulin, the Alec Smith Emergency Insulin Act, would not be included in the final bill. Senator Matt Little (DFL-Lakeville) called on legislators to get back to the negotiating table to ensure this bipartisan priority is included in the final bill.
“The Alec Smith Emergency Insulin Act has overwhelming bipartisan support, with the Senate version being approved on a 65-0 vote,” said Senator Little. “With no opposition and such strong support from Minnesotans, I cannot fathom how this was removed from the final bill. I’m asking all parties to return to the table for a few minutes to add the Alec Smith Emergency Insulin Act back into the budget agreement.
A couple minutes of work will save the lives of so many. Don’t let the lobbyists win this one.”