Rep. Shankland Introduces Legislation to Cap Cost of Insulin

By: Heather Poltrock 7/24/19 WSAW       

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WSAW) -- Rep. Katrina Shankland along with Sen. Dave Hansen (D- Green Bay), Rep. Jimmy Anderson (D- Fitchburg), and Rep. Jill Billings (D- La Crosse) have introduced legislation to cap the price of insulin at $100 per 30-day supply. The bill is modeled after a similar law in Colorado.

“We've seen insulin prices more than double since 2012. And there are many people who are rationing their insulin,” Rep. Shankland explained.

She said 1 in 4 people with diabetes have admitted to rationing their insulin because of the skyrocketing costs.

“I'm really hoping to make it a bipartisan bill that we can work with everyone on because frankly, if you have diabetes, you deserve insulin, regardless of your economic circumstance. And I want to make sure everyone has it,” she said.

She said the bill is circulating for co-sponsorship.

In May, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed legislation that capped insurance co-payments on insulin no matter the type of insulin. The bill was sponsored by state Rep. Dylan Roberts, who lost his brother, Murphy, to diabetes.