Insulin Prices

36 petitions

Update posted 7 months 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
571 supporters
Started 1 year ago

Petition to United States Department of Health and Human Services

Liquid Gold: The Quest for Affordable Insulin for ALL

One vial of insulin. Just one vial equals $800. Let me spell that out for you. E-I-G-H-T. H-U-N-D-R-E-D. D-O-L-L-A-R-S. For those without health insurance, this is a sickening, disgusting, unfortunate, and heartbreaking truth. Every few weeks. For me, and so many others, this country has put a price tag on our very lives. ...and it’s $800.   My name is Tim. I’m 34, from a small town in upstate South Carolina, and an insulin-dependent (Type I) diabetic. I was diagnosed at the age of 13, and the sudden and unexpected diagnosis, literally, killed me. I was in an intensive care unit under close watch for 2 weeks, and in the hospital altogether for more than 3. Everything changed. I was thrown into a whirlwind of new diets and new emotions and new habits. After settling in, I joined with the teen board of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and began seeing the first pediatric endocrinologist in our area. I was a poster child for pump therapy, shared my testimony at public events and seminars, and visited other children with diabetes to encourage and enlighten them. I’m thankful to be alive. So many have fallen victim to this monster. A cure has always been in our sight. I always tried to stay positive. There’s still breath inside my lungs. I have a loving, supportive family. I was given this disease so that another child, somewhere across the world, who couldn’t afford the medicine can live, uninhibited and full. Unfortunately, a cure has yet to come. Sadly, it’s not affordable for anyone. When I was first diagnosed, I could walk into a pharmacy with the cash in my wallet and buy my “months worth of life.” $200 to $400. 4 to 5. Now, it’s $800. insulin isn’t the only drug. There are many more. Tell me true, Big Pharma — how many billions is enough billions? How many have to ration medication and DIE before you’re satisfied? I’m down to my last reservoir fill, and waiting — praying — that I get a call next week to tell me not to worry. Until I have to worry again, of course. If we are to die, we’ve paid enough for an explanation, at the very least. We won’t stand for this anymore. I won’t stand for this anymore. If I’m to die, you better believe it’ll be for my brothers and my sisters for whom I fight. We’re YOUR brothers. We are YOUR sisters. If you would take the time to sign this petition, it would be SO greatly appreciated. It’s time we change this world. It’s our world. There are many petitions before this. Of this, I’m sure. Let’s make this one the last. Thank you for your time. #affordableinsulinforall

Tim Morse
20,303 supporters
Update posted 1 year ago

Petition to Bill Lee, Mark Green, Marsha Blackburn, Bill Powers, Jason Hodges, Jay D. Reedy, Richard Briggs, Curtis G. Johnson, Katrina Robinson

Make Life Saving Insulin More Affordable

It's time for all Tennesseeans to have affordable insulin! My son, Trevon was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 4. We are fortunate enough to have good health insurance to cover the expensive cost of insulin and other diabetic related supplies.  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. Although diabetes has been around for centuries along with insulin, drug manufactures continue to raise the costs for this medicine versus developing a cure. I believe that families shouldn't have to worry about how they will buy life-sustaining medication while giant pharmaceutical companies rake in record-setting profits. 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.  Canada’s price for insulin is $90, and Colorado recently passed an insulin price cap of $100 per month. It's time for Tennessee to join Colorado in passing a price cap on this life-saving drug. 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 Tennessee to join them in protecting Tennesseans with diabetes from avoidable health risks. I urge you to look into the legislation that Colorado passed as a potential example for Tennessee to follow.

Richard Garrett
80,472 supporters