Minnesota lawmakers agree on insulin plan but not how to pay

Minnesota lawmakers agree on insulin plan but not how to pay Photo: KSTP

Updated: July 29, 2019 01:08 PM

Minnesota lawmakers have agreed on a plan to get emergency insulin to people who need it, but not on how to pay for it.

A bipartisan working group started meeting after a bill to provide emergency insulin to diabetics failed to pass during the legislative session.

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Democratic Sen. Matt Little of Lakeville said Monday the group has agreed on how the program would work. The plan calls for providing a 20-day supply to people who have a past or current insulin prescription and who meet certain financial requirements. Some could get an additional two months supply, depending on their circumstances. The Star Tribune reports the emergency medications would be available at most pharmacies.

Democratic Gov. Tim Walz repeated his support Monday for a fee on drug makers for insulin assistance.

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