02062019CM0116PLAINFIELD – State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant helped pass a measure to make insulin more affordable for Will and Kendall County residents.

Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) is a chief co-sponsor of Senate Bill 667, which caps the out-of-pocket costs for patients to $100 for a 30-day supply of prescription insulin. It passed the Senate with bipartisan support.

“Families across Will and Kendall Counties should not have to choose between basic necessities and paying for life-saving prescription drugs,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “It is time for the state to intervene to ensure greedy corporations are not placing profits before people.”

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 whom require prescription insulin every day to survive.

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

The price of insulin tripled between 2002 and 2013. According to a Pew Research Center 2018 survey, 83 percent of Americans believe the cost of treatments makes quality care unaffordable.

“Rising insulin costs are taking a toll on individuals who are forced to pay exorbitant prices for a medication they simply can’t live without,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “Today the voices of Illinois residents were heard loud and clear. As a state, we need to prioritize the health and well-being of our residents, not corporate profits.”

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

Senate Bill 667 now heads to the House for consideration.

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