Nightshade, health advocates tout Affordable Insulin Now Act
Members of Congress are working to lower the cost of insulin for more than seven million Americans who struggle to afford lifesaving drugs.
Representative Joe Morelle stopped by Highland Hospital on Saturday to highlight a report he commissioned in 2019.
It shows patients in Monroe County pay 21 times more for insulin than Australians and 12 times more than Canadians.
These prices force some diabetics to take action in hand.
“Over the past two decades, the cost of prescription drugs like insulin has artificially skyrocketed,” Morelle said in a statement. “I have spoken with too many patients in my community who have had to ration their dose or completely stop taking this life-saving drug and this is unacceptable. I am proud to have passed this law to rein in these inflated costs and protect patients, thereby ensuring the best possible health outcomes for people with diabetes. I urge the Senate to join us in passing this bill immediately.
“Older adults, struggling to afford insulin, face a life-and-death decision every day,” Ann Marie Cook, president and CEO of Lifespan of Greater Rochester, said in a statement. . “It’s just not fair! It’s impossible for people on fixed incomes to absorb the ever-increasing cost of insulin into their limited family budgets. I commend Congressman Morelle for strongly advocating for the elderly and to ensure that members of our community have the medicines they need to live.
The Affordable Insulin Now bill caps out-of-pocket costs at $35 for Medicare beneficiaries for a month’s supply.
The bill now awaits a vote in the Senate.