Walz, insulin affordability advocates call for immediate insulin legislation

Walz, insulin affordability advocates call for immediate insulin legislation

ST. PAUL, Minn. (KEYC) — Gov. Tim Walz is calling for immediate action to make insulin more affordable for Minnesotans.

Walz called on House Democratic and Senate Republican leaders to negotiate a compromise between their competing proposals, so he can call a special session.

Insulin affordability advocates joined the governor in addressing the media Thursday morning.

“Some people will say that over the counter insulin or Walmart insulin is the answer to this problem, but Josh Wilkerson, age 27, just passed away this last June after switching to over-the-counter insulin in order to help pay for his wedding,” advocate Katie Scott said.

Senate Republicans want drug manufacturers to provide free insulin for up to one year to diabetics whose income is low enough to qualify.

House DFL’ers are calling for 90-day emergency insulin supplies to diabetics who can’t afford refills.

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