At Issue: Dec. 16 - Tackling rising insulin costs, Keith Ellison in studio

December 16, 2018 07:59 PM

Minnesotans plead with lawmakers to tackle rising insulin costs

Minnesota lawmakers will likely add rising insulin costs to the list of health care issues they'll need to deal with in the next legislative session. On Tuesday, Minnesotans living with diabetes made a plea to lawmakers for help. They worry the rising cost of insulin could continue to jeopardize people's lives. 

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DFL Sen. Matt Little held a roundtable discussion about rising insulin costs Tuesday at the State Capitol. Lawmakers heard about what many diabetes patients and families consider an alarming increase in the cost of insulin. One patient explained a small vile that used to cost $21 in the 1990s now costs anywhere from $300 to $400. They also showed insulin pens that cost $140 and contain about one week's worth of medicine. Families also pointed out the cost disparity of insulin between the United States and other countries. 

No pharmaceutical company representatives were at Tuesday's meeting to explain the cost disparities. One bill that might be considered in the 2019 legislative session would require more price transparency from drug companies or price controls. 

Keith Ellison discusses transition from member of Congress to Minnesota attorney general

After nearly 12 years serving Minnesota's 5th Congressional District, Keith Ellison is gearing up to begin his new role as the state's next attorney general. Ellison won a close race for the office in November, beating Republican Doug Wardlow by four percentage points.

Ellison joined Tom Hauser in studio to discuss his top priorities as he prepares for his transition into the attorney general role. 

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