Legislators discuss insulin costs

By: News Director Larissa Donovan

ST. PAUL– Studies indicate one in four diabetics with Type 1 Diabetes ration their insulin due to its high cost.

Legislators, advocates and Minnesotans living with the disease met for a roundtable discussion Wednesday. A bill, the Alec Smith Emergency Insulin Act, was introduced this past session to establish an emergency supply of insulin for those who can’t afford it, to be paid for by pharmaceutical companies.

John Persell, DFL-Bemidji

The House approved the bill, but the measure stalled in the Senate. DFL Representative John Persell of Bemidji expressed his frustration at the meeting.

John Persell, DFL-Bemidji

More conversations about the topic are expected in the coming weeks.


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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