The Minnesota legislature has passed and Governor Walz has signed the Alec Smith Insulin Affordability Act. State Senator Julie Rosen of Vernon Center says it was a much-needed bill.

“It’s a good piece of legislation,” said Rosen. “It may need to be adjusted over the years. The bottom line is emergency insulin will be available to those that need it. There’s a reasonable, accountable way to receive insulin through the manufacturer and dispensed through the pharmacist. It should satisfy a lot of needs.”

Under the legislation, eligible individuals in urgent need of insulin can go to their pharmacy once in a 12-month period and receive a one-time 30-day supply of insulin for a 35-dollar co-pay. State lawmakers say a second 30-day supply could be available in certain cases.