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Jimmy Anderson

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Petitioning Jimmy Anderson, Jill Billings, Katrina Shankland, Dave Hansen, Robin Vos, Dave Considine, Tony Evers, Adam Neylon, Cindi S. Duchow, John Jagler, Travis Tranel, David Steffen, Tyler August, Rob Staf...

Cap Insulin Prices in Wisconsin

As a person managing type 1 diabetes myself of over 15+ years, I understand that affordable insulin is truly a life and death matter. Simply put, INSULIN IS NOT OPTIONAL.  That’s why I am seizing the opportunity to support proposed legislation that would cap the amount insulin can cost in Wisconsin. I need your help to make this law a reality.   There is a health care crisis happening around the country. Type 1 diabetes affects approximately 1.25 million Americans. 200,000 of them are youth. Insulin is NOT a cure for type 1 diabetes - it is a necessary treatment that helps people managing type 1 diabetes survive. Insulin should not be so expensive that people have to worry about how they’re going to afford this life-saving medication.  I’m proud that my home state of Wisconsin could become the next state, after Colorado, to put a price cap on insulin. Although $100 per month for insulin remains unaffordable for many, this legislation is an important first step and is very exciting -- particularly because insulin can cost as much as $500 per month. My hope is that Wisconsin can help lead the national conversation around health care reform, but I need your support to make it happen.    Add your signature of care and tell the Wisconsin Legislature to cap the price of insulin in Wisconsin at $100 per 30-day supply. The pharmaceutical companies that control insulin pricing should be ashamed. This law can help put some humanity back into our healthcare system by making insulin more affordable for thousands of people. Help make this legislation a reality.  If Colorado can do it, so can Wisconsin, and so can every state so that no matter where a diabetic lives, they can access life-saving medication without emptying their bank accounts.  Learn more about Type 1 Diabetes at beyondtype1.org. Please add your signature to this document to show your government representatives, Reps. Jimmy Anderson (D-Fitchburg), Jill Billings (D-LaCrosse), Katrina Shankland (D-Stevens Point) and Sen. Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay), that you support the Wisconsin Insulin Price Cap Bill. This will help Wisconsin families everywhere live easier while managing the auto-immune disease, type 1 diabetes. Help to end disparities in the type 1 diabetes community so all families of different socioeconomic circumstances managing the condition can live easier with it.  The official definition for type 1 diabetes, as told by JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) is: "Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease in which insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas are mistakenly destroyed by the body’s immune system. T1D seems to have a genetic component and can be diagnosed early in life but also in adulthood. Its causes are not fully known, and there is currently no cure. People with T1D are dependent on injected or pumped insulin to survive." Type 1 diabetes effects approximately 1.25 million Americans. Of this number, 200,000 are youth. Insulin is NOT a cure for type 1 diabetes. It is a necessary treatment that helps people managing type 1 diabetes survive. Should this bill go through, people managing type 1 diabetes can be less stressed about the cost and reach better blood-glucose levels to live better with the condition. Learn more about T1D community disparities here: https://insulinnation.com/living/reducing-disparities-in-the-type-1-diabetes-community/. Learn more about the bill here: https://waow.com/news/wisconsin-news/2019/07/24/legislative-proposal-would-cap-cost-of-insulin-in-wisconsin/ Watch this petition for updates.

Julia Rose
60,118 supporters
Petitioning Wisconsin State Senate, Wisconsin State House, Bryan Steil, Gwen Moore, Tony Evers, Adam Neylon, Scott L. Fitzgerald, Romaine Robert Quinn, Mark Miller, Thomas Tiffany, John Nygren, Luther S. Olsen...

Support Health Care for Wisconsin Police Officers and Fire Fighters

Every day, we in Wisconsin call on police officers and fire fighters to arrive immediately for situations we find too dangerous or unpredictable to deal with on our own.   When these first responders arrive, we expect them to be healthy, reasonable and effective in how they perform but how can we ask this of them when, as a state, we refuse to accommodate their healthcare needs as determined by their work conditions?  They are human and, like all humans, will suffer mentally and physically from repeated exposure to trauma, but Wisconsin laws don't seem to take that into account. Wisconsin’s First Responders deserve full coverage for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) treatment through workers compensation whether or not the symptoms are the result of an extreme event or the day-to-day work. Traumatic events police officers encounter on a day-to-day basis include:  handling severely injured or deceased people including babies violent interactions racing through red lights inspecting abandoned buildings the anticipation of danger These stressful events are unavoidable for officers and they take a toll.   Among other alarming byproducts, PTSD increases suicide risk, and the rate of suicide among police officers is far higher than the national average. To date, this year: 41 officers have been killed by felonious assault 163 officers have taken their own lives.  Today, Wisconsin law prevents most officers and fire fighters with PTSD due to day-to-day stress from receiving needed assistance by failing to compensate them.  Senate Bill 511/Assembly Bill 569 can change that.  It states the following: "The bill provides that if a public safety officer is diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder by a licensed psychiatrist or psychologist and the mental injury that resulted in that diagnosis is not accompanied by a physical injury, that public safety officer can bring a claim for worker’s compensation benefits if the conditions of liability are proven by a preponderance of the evidence and the mental injury is not the result of a good-faith employment action by the person’s employer. Under the bill, such an injured public safety employee is not required to demonstrate a diagnosis based on unusual stress of greater dimensions than the day-to-day emotional strain and tension experienced by similarly situated employees as required under School District No. 1 v. DILHR, 62 Wis. 2d 370, 215 N.W.2d 373 (1974).” Wisconsin must meet the demand for police and fire healthcare so that they may do their jobs safely and in optimal health.  Please join us in urging our State Legislature to vote for Senate Bill 511/Assembly Bill 569, sign this petition and share it!  

The Community Response Team
376 supporters
Cap Insulin Prices in Wisconsin

This past July, Senator Dave Hansen and I introduced legislation that would place a $100 cap on the monthly cost of insulin. With pharmaceutical companies tripling the cost of insulin, the need for state governments to step in to control the cost of this life-sustaining medication is obvious. As many as 7.4 million Americans rely on insulin to survive. As of 2016, the monthly cost of insulin had risen to $450 and it is only climbing higher. Studies have found that one in four Americans are now rationing their doses or altogether skipping them because they cannot afford their prescribed amount. To continue to allow these pharmaceutical companies to put profit ahead of the health and safety of diabetic Americans cannot be tolerated. In Wisconsin, roughly 10% of the adult population has diabetes and are struggling with medical expenses that are 2.3 times higher than for those who do not have diabetes. For diabetics, insulin is as necessary as food or water and to deny them access to this medication because it is unaffordable is immoral and unjustifiable. Other states have already passed legislation to push back against this medical emergency. In May, Colorado capped the price of insulin at $100 per monthly copay. Wisconsin must be the next state to put a price cap on insulin and take this important step towards making insulin more affordable and accessible for all.

2 months ago