Insulin Affordability Act expected to be signed into law today

The Alec Smith Insulin Affordability Act, which will help Minnesotans access affordable insulin in emergency situations and long-term, was passed in both the House and Senate Tuesday.

The Act is named after a young man who lost his life because he could not afford his insulin and was rationing his doses.

The legislation ensures that Minnesotans who are in urgent need of insulin but cannot afford it can access an emergency 30-day supply at their pharmacy for a co-pay of $35.

Pharmaceutical manufacturers are required to participate in the solution by reimbursing pharmacies for these emergency supplies. 

Bemidji’s representative John Persell voted in favor of the bill. 

Governor Tim Walz is expected to sign the bill today.

Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.

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