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Insulin Prices

15 petitions

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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
87,262 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Jimmy Anderson, Jill Billings, Katrina Shankland, Dave Hansen, Robin Vos, Dave Considine

Cap Insulin Prices in Wisconsin

As a person managing type 1 diabetes myself of over 15+ years, I understand that affordable insulin is truly a life and death matter. Simply put, INSULIN IS NOT OPTIONAL.  That’s why I am seizing the opportunity to support proposed legislation that would cap the amount insulin can cost in Wisconsin. I need your help to make this law a reality.   There is a health care crisis happening around the country. Type 1 diabetes affects approximately 1.25 million Americans. 200,000 of them are youth. Insulin is NOT a cure for type 1 diabetes - it is a necessary treatment that helps people managing type 1 diabetes survive. Insulin should not be so expensive that people have to worry about how they’re going to afford this life-saving medication.  I’m proud that my home state of Wisconsin could become the next state, after Colorado, to put a price cap on insulin. Although $100 per month for insulin remains unaffordable for many, this legislation is an important first step and is very exciting -- particularly because insulin can cost as much as $500 per month. My hope is that Wisconsin can help lead the national conversation around health care reform, but I need your support to make it happen.    Add your signature of care and tell the Wisconsin Legislature to cap the price of insulin in Wisconsin at $100 per 30-day supply. The pharmaceutical companies that control insulin pricing should be ashamed. This law can help put some humanity back into our healthcare system by making insulin more affordable for thousands of people. Help make this legislation a reality.  If Colorado can do it, so can Wisconsin, and so can every state so that no matter where a diabetic lives, they can access life-saving medication without emptying their bank accounts.  Learn more about Type 1 Diabetes at beyondtype1.org. Please add your signature to this document to show your government representatives, Reps. Jimmy Anderson (D-Fitchburg), Jill Billings (D-LaCrosse), Katrina Shankland (D-Stevens Point) and Sen. Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay), that you support the Wisconsin Insulin Price Cap Bill. This will help Wisconsin families everywhere live easier while managing the auto-immune disease, type 1 diabetes. Help to end disparities in the type 1 diabetes community so all families of different socioeconomic circumstances managing the condition can live easier with it.  The official definition for type 1 diabetes, as told by JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) is: "Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease in which insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas are mistakenly destroyed by the body’s immune system. T1D seems to have a genetic component and can be diagnosed early in life but also in adulthood. Its causes are not fully known, and there is currently no cure. People with T1D are dependent on injected or pumped insulin to survive." Type 1 diabetes effects approximately 1.25 million Americans. Of this number, 200,000 are youth. Insulin is NOT a cure for type 1 diabetes. It is a necessary treatment that helps people managing type 1 diabetes survive. Should this bill go through, people managing type 1 diabetes can be less stressed about the cost and reach better blood-glucose levels to live better with the condition. Learn more about T1D community disparities here: https://insulinnation.com/living/reducing-disparities-in-the-type-1-diabetes-community/. Learn more about the bill here: https://waow.com/news/wisconsin-news/2019/07/24/legislative-proposal-would-cap-cost-of-insulin-in-wisconsin/ Watch this petition for updates.

Julia Rose
52,698 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Bill Lee, Mark Green, Marsha Blackburn, Bill Powers, Jason Hodges, Jay D. Reedy, Curtis Johnson

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
5,497 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks 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
83,662 supporters