Mandate Insulin Cap in Iowa

Mandate Insulin Cap in Iowa

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Lexi Gerry started this petition to State Representative Chris Hall and

Type 1 Diabetes, which affects nearly 1.6 million Americans, is an chronic (life long) autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks and destroys cells in the pacers that produce insulin. Type 1 Diabetes is treated using Insulin, a hormone that helps glucose get into your cells to give them energy. 

This sounds very simple right? You just go to the drug store, purchase Insulin, and you get to live another day right? Unfortunately, this is so far from the truth. In the late '90s, a vial of insulin in the United States cost $25 without insurance. Ten years later, the cost increased to $125. Jump to 2021, It costs me $380 without insurance for one Insulin pen, which lasts me maybe 2 weeks. With insurance, it still costs me $150 for TWO weeks. This is also after I have used the manufacturers coupon. Keep in mind - this is just the cost of the medication I need to survive. This doesn't take into account the supplies needed to administer this medication. 

In March of 2020, the House of Representatives of Iowa passed House File 2138, a bill stating that there shall be a cap on the "total amount of cost-sharing that a covered person is required to pay per prescription filled to an amount not to exceed one hundred dollars for up to a thirty-one day supply..." This was passed and later titled House file 263 and to be reviewed/renewed in 2021 with new Presidency. 

In January of 2021, the bill was brought back to office again and passed by the House of Representatives and sent to the Senate in February/March. Since then, there has been no discussion or progression of this bill. It has essentially become lost. 

This petition is to bring back this bill to the Senate. If this bill was passed, it would save diabetics roughly $10,000-$15,000 a year on the cost of Insulin. This medication is not a luxury or something to make life easier. This medication is mandatory for survival. At the very least, it should be affordable. 

Diabetics are constantly fighting with Big-Pharma to solely survive. Join me in this fight to mandate an insulin cap of $100 per 31-day supply of Insulin. Everyone deserves a chance to live. 

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