ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Senate passed the Alec Smith Insulin Affordability Act on Tuesday, establishing a program providing emergency insulin access for thousands of diabetic Minnesotans.
“No one should face a situation where they cannot afford medication that their lives depend on,” said Senator Steve Cwodzinski (DFL-Eden Prairie). “This program provides a lifeline for thousands of people and gives them access they need to insulin when they most need it. We have been working for most of my time in the Senate to secure emergency insulin access for Minnesota, and I am so grateful we could come together and get this done.”
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. The language of the bill is available here.
Additional legislation was passed responding to COVID-19 related issues, including testing coverage for the uninsured, electronic marriage licensing filing, 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.