A vote could come tomorrow (Tues) at the Minnesota Legislature on a deal Republicans and Democrats cut, on an assistance program for Minnesotans with diabetes who can’t afford insulin. Republican Senator Scott Jensen from Chaska:
“The manufacturers will provide the insulin. There will not be a charge.”
Democrats would *not* get one big item they wanted — a fee on insulin manufacturers to help run the state program. But Richfield Representative Michael Howard says:
“We have some teeth in this bill…. fines that insulin manufacturers would face if they are not willing to participate in this program or meet the standards set forth in the bill.”
There’s no sunset on the emergency insulin assistance program. The long-term program would end in 2024 unless the legislature intervenes.