SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — People with diabetes will have access to an affordable emergency insulin supply under a new bill supported by state Rep. Jenn Ladisch Douglass, D-Elmhurst.
“Over a million Illinois residents, including myself, are living with diabetes and need regular access to insulin to remain healthy. No one should have to empty their pockets and pay excessively high prices to access this life-saving drug,” Ladisch Douglass said. “An affordable, accessible insulin supply, especially in emergencies, can be the difference between life and death for so many Illinoisans.”
Currently, the price of a 30-day supply of covered prescription insulin is capped at $100 for state regulated health plans. House Bill 2189, also known as the Access to Affordable Insulin Act, would lower this cap to $35 for all people on state-regulated plans, as well as establish an emergency insulin program that would allow patients to obtain insulin in emergency situations.
Before taking office, Ladisch Douglass volunteered as a citizen-advocate in support of insulin price caps and other health care affordability measures.
“Too many people have died or suffered complications because of insulin rationing or otherwise not being able to afford this important medicine. This bill is an easy fix to a devastating problem,” Ladisch Douglass said. “I will always advocate for affordable, accessible health care so that everyone has the resources they need to stay healthy.”
For more information on Ladisch Douglass’ legislative agenda, please visit ilga.gov.