SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – To ensure diabetics in Illinois can reliably afford insulin each month, state Rep. Katie Stuart, D-Edwardsville, supported legislation to cap the price of insulin. Senate Bill 667 will cap the price of insulin at $100 for a 30 day supply.
“For someone living with diabetes, insulin is not optional, and the $100 cap will give diabetics back some control over their health and their future,” said Stuart. “Families should not have to choose between paying for their groceries or their life saving insulin.”
There are over one million Illinois residents that live with diabetes and need insulin to control their disease. Under some health plans, the cost of insulin could reach over $1,400 for a one month supply. Due to the high cost of the drug, it’s estimated that 1 in 4 diabetes patients rationed their insulin. Stuart is committed to reducing health care costs for hard-working families as part of her agenda to build a stronger Illinois.
“The price of insulin has been rising for years, and I’m proud to support legislation that will protect our residents instead of penalizing them for living with disease,” continued Stuart. “Living with diabetes is already a challenge, and this legislation will remove some of the financial burden and help give some peace of mind to those managing this life-threatening condition.”