Topic

Insulin Prices

34 petitions

Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Ron Wyden

California: Insulin For All

I started taking insulin in 1974 when I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 11.  I started using NPH and Regular insulin that worked well in the 1970's.  Over the years, better, more effective insulin came to market.  Unfortunately, they also cost more.  Last year, I lost my health insurance for a short time that covered my Humalog insulin that I used in my insulin pump.  I resorted back to using NPH and Regular for a while, but I could not use it in my insulin pump.  Humalog cost retail about $200.00 a bottle that I could not afford.  I used NPH and Regular for a while.  Using older NPH and Regular insulin from the seventies is like listening to music on a scratchy vinyl record album.  You can hear the music, but it is not as good as listening to music on your MP3 player. Insulin isn’t just a drug. It’s the difference between life and death for millions of people with diabetes – and it’s something they will need every day for the rest of their lives. When you or someone you love needs insulin and cannot afford it, the choices are scary. With the average price of insulin skyrocketing in recent years – nearly tripling between 2002 and 2013 – more and more of our family members, our friends, our neighbors and ourselves are faced with tough choices to pay for this lifesaving drug. Insulin is not a luxury drug. It’s not optional. It’s something we need, and the prices just keep going up. There’s a lot of support in the diabetes community, but at the end of the day you’re still the one living with it and it’s your life that’s at stake. That’s scary.” We demand all entities in the insulin supply chain that we need transparency, affordability and access, and that no one who relies on insulin should have to wonder if they’ll be able to afford it, and;We want Congress to hold hearings to identify the reasons for the dramatic increases in insulin prices and to take action to ensure all people who need insulin have affordable access to this lifesaving medication. This is unacceptable. It’s time to stand together and call for change.We demand passage and Support of H.R. 4906 "Insulin Price Reduction Act".  

Brian Ballard
67,644 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Blue Cross Blue Shield

Blue Cross Blue Shield: Stop overcharging for insulin

You’ve probably heard some of their stories. People are dying because they can’t afford insulin. Thousands more are risking serious harm by skipping doses.  Incredibly, many of these people have health insurance.  How can that be? One big reason: Most insurance companies overcharge their members for insulin and other prescription drugs. I used to work for one of those companies—Blue Shield of California. Here’s how the companies overcharge. When insurers agree to cover specific brand name drugs, including insulin, they negotiate rebates to the insurer from the pharmaceutical companies. For insulin, the rebates average 70%. But when insurers calculate your cost-sharing payments, most base it off the full list price, not the after-rebate price they pay. So if the list price for a particular brand of insulin is $400 a month and the after-rebate cost to your insurer is $120, they’ll charge you $400. If you’ve met your deductible and your co-insurance is 20%, they’ll charge you $80 instead of $24. This practice is so clearly immoral that two of the biggest insurance companies, Aetna and UnitedHealthcare, have voluntarily stopped doing it. They now base member cost-sharing for insulin and other drugs on the discounted cost to the insurer, not the list price. But Blue Cross Blue Shield insurers (except for BCBS of North Carolina) continue to overcharge. The only reason they get away with it is that so few people know about it. With some public exposure and pressure, we can get them to do the right thing too. To end the insulin affordability crisis, we have to change how pharmaceutical companies and insurers behave.  Blue Cross Blue Shield: Stop overcharging for insulin and other drugs, and instead base member cost-sharing on the actual costs of drugs.

Michael Johnson
100,971 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Pennsylvania State House, Pennsylvania State Senate, Pennsylvania Governor

Price cap on insulin in Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, insulin costs $270 a vial - a prohibitively expensive price for many diabetics. This vial lasts a month at most for many diabetics. Others require three or more vials per month, skyrocketing the price up to $1000 a month for something they need to survive. However, pricing elsewhere shows that this high cost is not necessary. Canada’s price for insulin is $90, and Colorado recently passed an insulin price cap of $100 per month. It's time for Pennsylvania to join Colorado in passing a price cap on this life-saving drug. Sign and share this petition today to ask Pennsylvania state legislators to take a stand for those with diabetes by instituting an insulin price cap. 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, 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, and keeping a roof over their head and food on the table for their families. I know firsthand how stressful paying for insulin can be. My girlfriend has Type 1 diabetes, and worries constantly about whether her insurance will continue to cover the costs of her insulin and related supplies. People’s lives shouldn’t be put at risk because the insulin they require to live isn’t deemed “necessary” by insurance. The insulin price 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 Pennsylvania to join them in protecting Pennsylvanians with diabetes from avoidable health risks. Please sign this petition to urge Pennsylvania state legislators to save lives with an insulin price cap.

Christian Luciano
87,205 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Utah State House, Utah State Senate, Rob Bishop, Chris Stewart, John R. Curtis, Ben McAdams, Gary R. Herbert

$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!

Mindie Hooley
67,236 supporters