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Minnesota House passes emergency insulin bill, but the hard work is just beginning


February 27, 2020

GLEN STUBBE • Star Tribune

Insulin backers including Nicole Smith-Holt, center, gathered outside the House chamber to support House members who voted to pass an emergency insulin package Wednesday night. The bill named after her son Alec, who died trying to ration his insulin in 2017.

The DFL majority in the Minnesota House passed a bill Wednesday night that would assess fees on drugmakers to fund an emergency insulin program, a plan that faces significant opposition in the Republican-led Senate.

Democrats have put a potential price tag of more than $38 million on the program, nearly four times the estimate from a year ago. But the final version of the measure could look significantly different - if legislators are able to reach an agreement with Senate Republicans.


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