Lawmakers remain stalemated over an assistance program for Minnesotans who can’t afford insulin, after a state Senate hearing Monday when Republicans presented their plan and Democrats raised numerous objections. KAUS News spoke with State District 27B Representative Jeanne Poppe, DFL’er from Austin who stated that two main questions surround the issue, who will pay for the program, and why have insulin prices risen so sharply over the years?
The price of insulin has tripled in the last decade, and studies indicate that 1 in 4 diabetics have resorted to rationing their insulin due to the high cost. Republicans propose that drug makers provide free insulin to patients who can’t afford it. Democrats want to charge drug manufacturers a fee to pay for a state-run assistance program.
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