Petition update

Call-to-Action: Share Why Insulin Price Caps Matter to You with Rep. Anderson

Julia Rose
United States

Feb 5, 2020 — 

Good afternoon, everyone,

It's been a while... 

As some of you may know, more and more states are starting their own insulin price cap petitions. I encourage you to sign and support theirs as well. In combination, insulin price cap support petitions under Change.org have received almost 1,000,000 signatures. That's amazing!

In addition to Utah, it was recently announced that Illinois became the second U.S. state to cap insulin prices. I am hoping that Wisconsin is next. In fact, Utah just proposed another cap at $30 - cheers to that and them! I wish I could say the same about our state, but I'm not losing hope and I hope you aren't either.

Don't give up! Please keep advocating. This is an issue that clearly so many of us care about. Our health can't wait, and neither can this bill in the state of Wisconsin. I have attempted to make that clear to the committee on insurance via email correspondences several times on behalf of all supporters, sending your comments and signatures as proof that this issue matters so much to each and every one of us. 

Your access to affordable healthcare matters, and I hope that through working together we can make it happen for Wisconsin... and, of course, the United States as a whole.

In an effort to help things move forward, I am asking all interested parties who want to share their T1D experience and how insulin prices have affected their lives to Representative Anderson.

Specifically, Representative Anderson has requested you to send your:

  • Name
  • Email Address
  • City/State
  • 1-2 Sentence Blurb About Your T1D Experience/How Insulin Prices Have Affected Your Life

Send to Rep.Anderson@legis.wisconsin.gov. Representative Anderson assures us that, "I would not make their full address or email public, it would just be so I can maintain contact. Any public information would just include their name and city."

I would advise you not to share your public information in the comments to be safe and maintain your privacy, of course, so please do send it directly to Rep. Anderson's office via the email above with the subject line "Why Insulin Price Caps Matter to Me."

This is exactly what the email from Representative Anderson's office stated, to give you transparency into why your story matters and how it will be used and presented:

"Our offices were recently contacted by U.S. Representative Mark Pocan’s office about the insulin price cap bill, as they are currently working on prescription drug affordability at the federal level and are interested in highlighting stories of those who are affected by the rising price of insulin and who would be aided by the passage of legislation controlling the price.

Representative Anderson informed me that you would likely know of stories of people from Wisconsin who are affected by this issue, specifically in regards to access to insulin.

Do you know of anyone who would be willing to share their stories with Rep. Pocan’s office to be highlighted for a wider audience? They are moving quickly on this and are interested in sharing these stories within the next week or two."

Regarding Wisconsin's insulin price cap support petition, Representative Anderson says, "While it is great that the governor has made our bill a priority, it does not seem like it has spurred Republicans to do anything on the issue. I will again reach out to the committee chair to see if there is any chance for a hearing before the end of the session."

I'm hoping for more positive updates to come - keep fighting the good fight.

Stay T1D-Strong. I know it's hard, but we're in this together!

Julia


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