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SB 107 – Insurance Coverage of Insulin Pumps

As people with diabetes know, keeping blood sugar levels in a safe range is extremely important. Good blood sugar control not only makes you feel well, but also helps prevent long-term diabetes complications, such as blindness, kidney failure and heart disease.

People with type 1 diabetes don’t produce insulin, a hormone that helps the body use sugar (glucose), a key source of energy that comes from carbohydrates. If you have type 1 diabetes you must make up for the lack of insulin with insulin therapy.

Meanwhile, people with type 2 diabetes produce insulin, but their bodies don’t use insulin properly, or they don’t produce enough insulin. Diet, exercise and medication can often work to control glucose levels. However, in certain cases, these measures aren’t enough, and insulin therapy is needed to better control blood sugar levels.

While insulin can be given by self-injection, people who take multiple daily injections of insulin may also consider using an insulin pump.

An insulin pump provides continuous delivery of short acting insulin all day long. The insulin pump substitutes the need for long acting insulin. A pump also replaces the need for multiple daily injections with a continuous insulin infusion, and also helps to improve your blood sugar levels.

Senate Bill 107, introduced by Senator Marie Pinkney, ‘requires that individual, group, State employee, and public assistance insurance plans provide coverage for a medically necessary insulin pump at no cost to a covered individual.’ 

Senate Bill 107 SponsorsYes VotesNo Votes
Pinkney, Brown, Gay, Hansen, Mantzavinos, Sokola, Sturgeon, Townsend, Walsh
Bentz, Bush, Kowalko, Lambert, S.Moore, Morrison, Wilson-Anton
Current Status: Senate Finance 4/28/21

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