02062019CM0116PLAINFIELD –State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant is working to make insulin more affordable for Will County residents.

Bertino-Tarrant (Shorewood) is a chief cosponsor of Senate Bill 667, which caps the out-of-pocket costs for patients to $100 for a thirty-day supply of prescription insulin.

“Insulin is a life-saving prescription drug,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “It is outrageous that drug manufacturers are often placing profit before people. If they are going to utilize greedy profit schemes to make money off of this crucial medication, it is time for the state to intervene.”

People with Type 1 and some with Type 2 diabetes need the medication, but regular price hikes make insulin difficult to afford for the uninsured and those whose coverage requires significant cost sharing.

Senate Bill 667 also directs the Attorney General's office to investigate reasons for rising prescription insulin costs to ensure sufficient consumer protections. The Attorney General's office will issue a one-time report detailing its findings and make public policy recommendations for controlling and preventing overpricing of prescription insulin.

According to the American Diabetes Association, there are over 30 million Americans who have diabetes, 7.4 million of which require prescription insulin every day to survive.

Many are forced to ration their insulin supplies or choose between eating or buying this life-saving medication.

The price of insulin tripled between 2002 and 2013, which has led to many patients rationing their insulin and sacrificing other daily needs to pay for insulin. According to a Pew Research Center 2018 survey, 83 percent of Americans believe the cost of treatments makes quality care unaffordable.

“It is inconceivable that drug companies continue to raise prices for this life-saving drug,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “It is clear that we need to do something to solve this problem. I will continue to work with the legislation’s sponsor to find a solution to alleviate this crisis.”

The lead sponsor of Senate Bill 667 is State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill).

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