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Senate Republicans propose free insulin program


September 20, 2019

Steve Karnowski – Associated Press

Minnesota Senate Republican leaders propose a plan to require drug makers to provide free insulin to qualifying residents who can't afford the high cost of the life-saving medication, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, in St. Paul, Minn. Pictured left to right at a news conference at the state Capitol are Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, Sen. Eric Pratt at the podium, Sen. Dan Hall and Sen. Michelle Benson.

Diabetics could get free insulin through their doctors under a proposal Senate Republicans offered Thursday, but Democrats said the plan doesn't do enough for people in emergency situations.

While lawmakers in both parties say they want to help diabetics who are overwhelmed by high insulin prices, the skeptical DFL response to the Republican plan underscored how the two sides remain far apart on how to structure and pay for a new state insulin program after an 11th-hour deal was derailed in the Legislature this spring.


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