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.
“Though we are all facing a challenge with COVID-19, thousands of diabetic Minnesotans and their families have been struggling with insulin affordability for years, in a crisis that has cost far too many lives,” said Senator Erik Simonson (DFL-Duluth). “This bill takes meaningful steps in giving diabetics affordable access to insulin in emergencies and will help prevent people from being forced to ration their insulin. It also holds manufacturers accountable by penalizing them with significant fines if they choose not to participate in the program.”
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.
Senator Simonson also supported additional legislation largely 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: https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/covid-19/files/20-8345.pdf?v=4132020.