A bipartisan group of Minnesota lawmakers was less-than-successful this week in breaking the stalemate at the State Capitol over an emergency assistance program for those with diabetes who can’t afford insulin. Republican Senator Andrew Lang from Olivia assesses the situation:

“Both the Republicans in the House and the Democrats in the Senate use it as a political tool. It’s too bad, ’cause ultimately at the end of the day I think everybody agrees there’s something that needs to be done.”

UCare this week followed Medica’s lead, becoming the second Minnesota insurer to cap monthly out-of-pocket insulin costs for its members. There’s hope at the Capitol that it could build momentum for a compromise — but the sticking-point remains how much pharmaceutical manufacturers would kick in.