ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Senate passed the Alec Smith Insulin Affordability Act on Tuesday, establishing a program that will provide emergency insulin access for thousands of diabetic Minnesotans.
“No Minnesotan should lack the access to their lifesaving medication, and today’s legislation will help provide much needed access to insulin when diabetics face a crisis,” said Senator Karla Bigham (DFL-Cottage Grove). “Though we had to make some compromises and work remains, this is definitely a step in the right direction and holds manufacturers accountable.”
The new program allows individuals with a valid insulin prescription to receive a 30-day supply of insulin at a cost of no higher than $35 at a pharmacy.
Additionally, Senator Bigham supported a fourth legislative package responding to COVID-19 and was the ranking DFL lead on making changes that allow marriage license applications to be applied for online. The legislation also included testing coverage for the uninsured, court deadline changes, and allowing Minnesotans an additional 60 days after the end of the peacetime emergency to drive with a license from another jurisdiction before having to apply for a Minnesota license. Several other technical changes were included in the bill which is available here: https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/covid-19/files/20-8345.pdf?v=4132020.