Topic

Insulin Acessibility

7 petitions

Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Chris Hall, Jackie Smith, Joni Ernst, Chuck Grassley, Joseph R. Biden, Ashley Hinson, Mariannette Miller-Meeks, Cynthia Axne, Randy Feenstra, Kim Reynolds, Jim Carlin, Jack Whitver, Thomas Miller

Mandate Insulin Cap in Iowa

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. 

Lexi Gerry
473 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Markwayne Mullin, James Lankford, James M. Inhofe, Kevin Stitt

Allow all insulin to be purchased over the counter without a prescription.

Three and a half years ago, my youngest son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes just months before his fourth birthday. Since that diagnosis, for the rest of his life, he will have to inject insulin to stay alive. Insulin is required for a Type one diabetic (and some Type 2 diabetics) just to stay alive. Fast acting human analog insulins like Novolog and Humalog and long acting insulins like a Tresiba, Lantus, and Levemir aren’t available without a prescription. For a Type 1 diabetic, going without insulin for just a few hours risks diabetic ketoacidosis, which is a life-threatening emergency.  There are many situations that can prevent access to insullin. Things like getting too warm, freezing, accidental breakage of a vial, or simply just running out of the tightly rationed supply of this life saving hormone your insurance company allows you to have.  I am asking Congress to allow all insulin, especially fast acting human analog insulins like novolog and humalog to be sold over the counter at pharmacies. There is zero abuse potential for insulin and the consequences of preventing its sale are much higher than allowing it. Many diabetics try to use over the counter insulin like Regular or NPH insulins in emergency situations which can be dangerous. Allowing diabetic patients to purchase the insulin they’ve been using for years is safer and absolutely needed.  The inaction of congress and the US FDA will continue to cause preventable emergencies which result in avoidable costs for emergency care. Additionally, it will prevent unnecessary loss of life which is a very real possibility when both Type 1 and insulin dependent type 2 diabetics are unable to obtain the insulin quickly and without unnecessary paperwork. 

Kirk Williams
279 supporters
Update posted 2 years ago

Petition to Georgia State House, Georgia State Senate, Brian Kemp

Insulin price cap in Georgia

Insulin prices for the insured and uninsured are at a record high. People often have to go without or ration their insulin, leading to complications and/or death. A cap on insulin prices in the state of Georgia will help many people who wonder how they will get the one thing that they need to live.  It is not fair that big pharmaceutical companies are able to charge as much as they do for the life-sustaining drug. The same drug is available for much less across the border in Mexico. It’s the same exact product that is sold in the states, yet it is substantially cheaper. Not everyone can make a trip across the border when in need of a medication that is needed to live. Being diabetic comes with enough problems, not being able to afford the medication needed to live, should not be one of them.  Diabetics that are unable to afford their insulin run the risk of many health problems. Blindness, kidney failure, nerve damage, limb loss, depression, and death to name a few. This petition is not asking for free insulin. It is asking for fair pricing for medications that are needed to sustain life. Only we, the people of the United States of America can change things. Only we, are able to make our voices heard, raise awareness, and put a cap on what a diabetic has to spend monthly on a medication that they need to live and be a functional member of society. 

Jason Karr
61,640 supporters