MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Legislature has approved an insulin affordability bill championed by the mother of an uninsured Minneapolis diabetic who died because he was forced to ration his supply.
The House passed it 111-22 and sent to the Senate, which approved it unanimously. An early version nearly passed last spring but a compromise fell apart in the final hours of the session.
The bill is named for Alec Smith, an uninsured Minneapolis diabetic who died in 2017 at age 26 while rationing his insulin. His parents were at the Capitol to see it pass.
“So many people rely on affordable insulin to stay alive, which is why I have supported every insulin bill that has come through the process,” says State Senator Carla Nelson (R-Rochester). “I wish it hadn’t taken this long, but I know this bipartisan agreement will finally give diabetics peace of mind. After this, nobody will ever have to stress about not being able to afford their life-saving insulin. I am celebrating today!”