Insulin

Senators Smith & Cramer Announce Bill to Study The Affordability of Insulin

Smith and Cramer also introduced the Emergency Access to Insulin Act

WASHINGTON – Senators Tina Smith and Kevin Cramer announce a bill that would conduct a study examining insulin affordability. The Insulin Affordability Data Collection Act would investigate the impact of the cost of insulin on the rates of diabetic ketoacidosis, dialysis treatment and Medicare and Medicaid spending. Minnesotan Alec Smith is in Senator Smith’s thoughts during her push for the…

Walz to Meet Privately with Lawmakers on Insulin Legislation

The meeting is set for Friday at the Capitol.

ST. PAUL, Minn.–Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz is meeting privately with lawmakers about emergency insulin legislation. The meeting is set for Friday at the Capitol. Walz earlier called on House Democratic and Senate Republican leaders to negotiate a compromise between their competing insulin affordability proposals. The Democratic governor wants to call a special session to resolve one of the major unfinished…

Walz Urges House-Senate Negotiations on Insulin Bills

As soon as they negotiate a solution, Walz said he will call a special session on emergency health care issues.

ST. PAUL, Minn.–Gov. Tim Walz has called on House Democratic and Senate Republican leaders to negotiate a compromise between their competing insulin affordability proposals so he can call a special session. Walz said in a letter Tuesday to Democratic House Speaker Melissa Hortman and Republican Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka that he’s encouraged by recent legislative hearings on the proposals….

Minnesota Senate GOP Unveils Insulin Affordability Bill

Leaders have discussed a special session on insulin this fall.

ST. PAUL, Minn.–Minnesota Senate Republicans want to require drug makers to provide free insulin to qualifying residents who can’t afford the high cost of the life-saving medication. Senate GOP leaders unveiled the plan Thursday, a week ahead of when House Democrats plan to announce their own proposal. The clock ran out on the 2019 session before the two chambers could…

Smith & Cramer Fight For Bill to Lower Insulin Prices

WASHINGTON – Minnesota Sen. Tina Smith and North Dakota Sen. Kevin Cramer push the Senate Finance Committee to hold a hearing on their bill to make insulin affordable. The senators say seven-and-a-half million Americans rely on insulin and the price has nearly doubled between 2012 and 2016. Smith and Cramer’s Emergency Access to Insulin Act would allow states to set…

Gov. Walz Considers Special Session to Help Diabetics

Walz says he's open to calling a special session to help diabetics who can't afford the cost of insulin,

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Gov. Tim Walz says he’s open to calling a special session to help diabetics who can’t afford the cost of insulin, but lawmakers must first work out a deal. A measure that would have established an emergency insulin program had broad support during the legislative session, but was left out of budget bills. The program would…

People Living with T1D Share Financial Burdens of Maintaining Good Health

Families in our area have no choice but to include their T1D expenses in their budgets

FARGO, N.D. – It costs Samuel Erdmann’s parents anywhere between $1200 and $2200 in medical supplies every three months to keep him alive. Samuel is six–years–old and was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes just over 10 months ago. “For us, it’s been a learning journey about what diabetes is and what that entails,” Samuel’s dad Jon Erdmann said. “You know, from…

Shanley Senior Overcomes Diabetes, Serves as Role Model on Gridiron

Cade Busek has played quarterback for Shanley while battling Type I Diabetes

FARGO, N.D. — On his eighteenth birthday, there was no place Cade Busek would rather be than on the practice field, playing football with his teammates. “It’s the best feeling in the world. I mean you only get so many of these games, we’ve got eight or nine games left hopefully, and you’ve got to treasure every one, and that’s what…