Utah State House
Utah State House
$25 Co-Pay Cap on Insulin in Utah!
Join the Utah #insulin4all Chapter in calling for action on having a co-pay cap on insulin in Utah! By signing this petition, we are asking the Utah legislators to raise legislation that requires a $25 co-pay cap on insulin regardless of how much insulin a patient uses a month and for insurance companies to pay anything more than the $25 co-pay. We also want this to cover the insured and uninsured, too. Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed a bill into law recently that places a $100 per month cap on insulin co-pays, regardless of how much insulin a patient uses. Insurance companies will pay anything more than the $100 co-pay, according to Colorado's new law. However, this bill doesn't cover the uninsured and our Utah #insulin4all Chapter feels that $100 is still too high of an amount for a life saving medication. It's time for Utah to join Colorado in passing a price co-pay cap on this life-saving medication, but let's make our law even better by covering those without insurance, those with insurance and with a $25 co-pay cap. Here is the legislation that Colorado passed. https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb19-1216 A co-pay cap on insulin in the state of Utah will help many people who wonder how they will get the one thing that they need to live. Many of us here in Utah are struggling with the cost of insulin. One vial of insulin costs on average $300. Many type 1 diabetics use 2 to 4 vials a month. ● The price of some decades-old insulin has increased over 1200% since 1996. ● Even with insurance, people are paying an average of $1400 per month out-of-pocket for insulin alone and up to 50% of their annual income on diabetes costs. ● Between 2001 and 2015 the price of Humalog insulin increased by 585%. ● One vial of insulin can be manufactured for as little as $3.00. ● 1 in 4 people with type 1 diabetes are forced to ration their insulin due to its ever climbing price. The insulin Co-Pay cap in Colorado has shown that it’s possible for states to take control of outrageous insulin pricing, and as a result, to save lives. It’s time for Utah to join them in protecting Utahns with diabetes from avoidable health risks. Because of the incredibly high cost of insulin and other expensive supplies to handle their diabetes, many diabetics are forced into dire situations. Many diabetics have resorted to rationing insulin. They are risking their lives every day because they can’t afford to pay for their next vial. People are forced to choose between the insulin they need to survive, keep a roof over their head and food on the table for their families. People’s lives shouldn’t be put at risk because the insulin they require to live isn’t affordable. As an example, my type 1 diabetic son, who was 17 at the time, rationed his insulin because we struggled to afford it. We were paying $800 a month just for insulin until we reached our $5500 deductible because NO insulin AT ALL was covered until we reached our high deductible. We lost cars, lost our home, struggled to buy food and went into medical debt trying to keep him alive. My son has a long life ahead of him with this disease and I'm going to do everything I can to make sure he'll be able to afford his life sustaining insulin in the future. Please help all diabetics live long and healthy lives with affordable insulin. Please sign and share and let's save lives in Utah!
Congress: Let all children of U.S. military service members unite with their families!
I’m Jenifer Bass, a U.S. Navy veteran, who served for 10 years, one-third in the Asia-Pacific region. It was due to my travel between ports in countries like Japan and Thailand that I first encountered amerasian children, and descendants, of U.S. service members and civilian contractors previously stationed overseas. Filipino Amerasians are abandoned and neglected biracial children of Filipino mothers and American fathers (mostly members of the US armed forces). In the Philippines alone, more than 52,000-plus children were born and left behind after the U.S. Navy withdrew the last of its military personnel in 1992. Right now, the U.S. government won’t legally recognize them as U.S. citizens, despite having been born to an American parent. The Philippine Embassy won't help them either. As a former US colony between 1898 and 1946, the Philippines was home to millions of US soldiers and their dependents, even after its independence. Until 1992, the country hosted two of the largest US military facilities outside the US – Clark Air Base and Subic Naval Base, which played major roles during the Vietnam and first Gulf wars. In 1982 US Public Law 97-359, or the Amerasian Act of 1982, allowed children from Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Kampuchea, or Thailand to move to the US and eventually become American citizens, but those who were from the Philippines were excluded from the law, an exclusion which was upheld by the US Senate on the basis that many Filipino Amerasians were “conceived from illicit affairs and prostitution”, and were born during peacetime. Today, there are estimated to be more than 250,000-plus children. Many amerasians are caught in a no-man’s land of discrimination and poverty -- most left behind by U.S. service members who are unaware that they’ve fathered children overseas. My friend John Haines is one of these sailors. In 2011, John discovered he was the father of a half-Filipino daughter, Jannette. He attempted to unite with her through the American Homecoming Act -- but was frustrated to learn that the Act did not apply to Filipino children of U.S. service members. Today, all John wants is to be united with his daughter and grandchildren. He, like so many other veterans are living with a “hole in their hearts” as they search for ways to unite with their children. There is hope. The Uniting Families Act of 2018, HR 1520, creates a specialized visa allowing military veterans and eligible civilian contractors to sponsor their children and grandchildren for U.S. citizenship. Currently, blood relationship must be proven by DNA test and the total number of visas granted will be capped at 5,000 each year. The issue takes on more urgency as so many of our veterans from our wars in Southeast Asia are getting older and dying each day -- without the chance to connect, or in some cases, reconnect with their own children. John’s daughter Jannette has already undertaken the DNA testing process, conclusively proving her relationship to her American father. All she’s waiting for is the opportunity to permanently unite with her father. There is a PBS documentary, "Left by the Ship" (2010), documenting a day in the life and the personal struggles as a Filipino amerasian on the never ending search for identity and their struggles to connect to their American military families. Please sign this petition to tell Congress that these families cannot wait another day. Pass the Uniting Families Act of 2017, HR 1520, now!
U.S. FEDERAL GOVERNMENT: DECLARE A CLIMATE EMERGENCY NOW
The Earth has been around for almost 5 billion years, with us modern humans evolving only about 200,000 years ago. In the 0.004% of our planet's total lifetime that we have been around for, we have managed to rip up around 46% of the trees worldwide in our luscious forests, pollute our majestic oceans and the almost-extinct coral reefs, and drive countless species to extinction. In fact, before the evolution of humans, less than 1 species per million went extinct annually; today, a devastating rate of 100-1,000 species per million are lost every year. We are destroying our planet faster than we can process the changes. These deaths are directly linked to habitat destruction by the hands of humans and climate change. According to the International Panel on Climate Change, "To keep the rise in global temperatures below 1.5C this century, emissions of carbon dioxide would have to be cut by 45% by 2030." Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, founder of the Potsdam Climate Institute, states that the climate may become irreparable if we don't reduce carbon dioxide emmisions in the next 18 months. We must act now, if we have any hope of preserving this planet for future generations to come. Our climate is in a crisis. The U.S. federal government, one of the largest and most influential democratic governments in the world, must declare a climate crisis IMMEDIATELY. Chief executive of the World Wildlife Fund, Tanya Steele puts it clearly: "We are the first generation to know we are destroying our planet and the last one that can do anything about it." Sign this petition to stand alongside us, and our planet. We are the ones who must save our Earth. The time is now! Cover photo by NASA
Stop Child Predators From Being Set Free
Sunday night, two brothers attempted to kidnap a 6 year old boy, in broad daylight, in front of his parents, at a park that many parents take their children. Fortunately, the child’s parents were able to get these potential kidnappers arrested. Unfortunately, they were released. As if this incident wasn’t enough, these brothers have attempted kidnapping at least two other children, in less than a month. They have dealt with law enforcement on “numerous, numerous occasions”. Yet, they have never been arrested for long. These brothers are dangerous and will act, if given the chance. They do not need to be out in society, putting our communities at risk. They are determined, and won’t stop. Please, join me in protecting our children from these potential predators!
Bring transparency to insulin prices in Utah!
Join the Utah #insulin4all Chapter in calling for action in Utah for transparency on insulin. Add your name and city of residence in Utah to this petition by asking the Utah legislators to raise legislation that requires transparency for insulin pricing starting with the list prices set by insulin manufacturers Eli Lilly, Novo Nordisk and Sanofi. Many people with type 1 diabetes are being forced to ration their insulin and increasing the number of people who have died because they could not afford it. Without their essential insulin, people with diabetes die quickly and painfully. ● The price of some decades-old insulin has increased over 1200% since 1996. ● The cost for one vial of insulin is currently around $300. ● Even with insurance, people are paying an average of $1400 per month out-of-pocket for insulin alone and up to 50% of their annual income on diabetes costs. ● Between 2001 and 2015 the price of Humalog insulin increased by 585%. ● One vial of insulin can be manufactured for as little as $3.00. ● 1 in 4 people with type 1 diabetes are forced to ration their insulin due to its ever climbing price. In June of 2017, Nevada became the first state to pass a bipartisan insulin price transparency bill, SB539, which requires insulin manufactures to report costs and profits and to notify the state before planned price increase. Other states have followed with similar bipartisan price transparency legislation. While being dependent on insulin for survival is a life long challenge, paying for insulin should not be. Insulin is just as vital as oxygen. Every human needs insulin to survive. The lives of Utahns who must inject insulin daily to survive are being held hostage by increasing prices. It is time for Utah to follow the lead of other states that have passed bipartisan legislation to require transparency in prescription drug pricing. Help us continue to live long and healthy lives with affordable insulin as we start to unravel the mystery of insulin prices with data from price transparency legislation!
Ban Plastic Bags in Utah
Single use plastic bags are filling up our landfills, covering our cities and parks, damaging our recycling centers, and eventually making their way to the oceans; killing marine life and damaging Utah health. Utah legislature wants to kill the proposed ban on plastic bags because their priorities rest with their’s and their partner’s pocket books, not on the health of the state, nation, oceans, and their denizens. Switching to more biodegradable bags, or increasing funding towards reusable bags, can be financially beneficial and will serve the community and the state. Why Recycle?Salt Lake City collects recyclables from an estimated 45,000 residential homes, and 1,100 small businesses and multi-family complexes every day, five days per week. An average of 750 tons of material are recycled each month. Recycling this amount of material each month saves the equivalent of: 7,379 mature trees (91,427,200 sheets of copy paper)3,030 cubic yards of landfill space (the annual space needed for 3,891 people)2,353,583 kWh of electricity (enough to power the needs of 225 homes)2,604 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions4,011,430 gallons of water (enough to meet the daily needs of over 50,000 people). China banned the use of plastic bags, and only 4 year later, they had removed 40 BILLION bags from the environment. These plastic bags will end up in our landfills. When landfill space is overused, production of methane and NMOC’s (non-methane organic compounds) increases. These airborne chemicals contribute heavily to air pollution; Utah as a state consistently ranks in the top five when its Air Quality Index is considered, and Salt Lake City is ranked number 78 in the WORLD on air pollution according to airvisual.com , which also regards AQI. Banning plastic bags in the state of Utah will reduce space in landfills, improve our ability to recycle by preventing clogging and damaging of recycling machines, and increase our air quality/the health of its citizens.