News, Politics, State/Region — March 28, 2019 at 3:00 pm

Insulin access bill facing difficulty in state Senate


Prescription drugs are the focus of recent legislation in Minnesota House committees.

In a news conference Tuesday, House Democrats called several bills to attention, including a bill that would make insulin more accessible to the people who need it.

26-year-old Alec Smith of Minneapolis died of diabetic complications in 2017 after rationing his insulin, which cost $1,300 a month, making it difficult to afford. Smith’s parents say not being to afford insulin is a right-to-life issue.State Majority Leader Ryan Winkler says greed by pharmaceutical companies is the reason behind the high insulin costs and called on Senate Republicans to help solve the problem.

The bill, among several others, is having trouble gaining traction in a GOP-controlled Senate after getting cleared by House committees.


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