The Senate unanimously passed a two bill on Wednesday that addresses the rising costs of care for individuals with diabetes. Senate Bill 316, sponsored by Sen. Marie Pinkney, caps the amount that insurers can charge for diabetes equipment and supplies. Under the bill, the amount that an individual, group, or State employee plan may charge for diabetes equipment and supplies, other than insulin, would be capped at $35 per month. These supplies include blood glucose meters and strips, urine testing strips, syringes, continuous glucose monitors and supplies, and insulin pump supplies.
A couple of years ago, the General Assembly passed a bill that capped the cost of insulin at $100 per month.
|Senate Bill 316 Sponsors||Yes Votes||No Votes|
|Pinkney, Brown, Ennis, Gay, Hansen, Lockman, Mantzavinos, Paradee, Poore, Sokola, Sturgeon, Townsend, Walsh, Bonini, Hocker, Lawson, Lopez, Pettyjohn, Richardson, Wilson||Senate Passes 21-0. Brown Ennis Gay Hansen Lockman Mantzavinos Paradee Pinkney Poore S.McBride Sokola Sturgeon Townsend Walsh Bonini Hocker Lawson Lopez Pettyjohn Richardson Wilson||None|
|Bentz, S.Moore, Baumbach, K.Johnson, Morrison, K.Williams|
|Current Status:||Sent to the House|
“Diabetes care and maintenance is critical. Daily management of any chronic illness can be costly and time-intensive — but due to the need for frequent testing and monitoring, diabetes treatments have a way of adding up fast,” Sen. Pinkney said. “This legislation will help diabetes patients keep up with their treatment by removing financial barriers to care.”
“The equipment and supplies required to treat diabetes are not optional. They keep people alive and healthy. It is unacceptable that there are currently people in our state who have to choose between the medicine they need and paying for other basic necessities of life,” said Rep. David Bentz, the prime House sponsor of SB 316. “With SB 316, we’re taking a stand to limit the cost of the supplies needed to treat diabetes and making it more affordable to those that need the care.”
SB 316 now heads to the House for consideration.