FRANKFORT, Ky. — As Kentucky celebrates the last days of the calendar year, those who depend on insulin will find it more affordable across the Commonwealth thanks to legislation sponsored by Representative Danny Bentley during the 2021 Regular Session. Bentley’s bill (HB 95) caps insulin costs at $30 per 30-day supply regardless of the amount or type a person is prescribed.
“Kentuckians are paying far too high prices for insulin nowadays. As lawmakers, we must ensure this treatment is more accessible for people who need it. I know firsthand the complications that come with being a diabetic. No one should face a difficult decision like choosing to ration insulin so food can be on the table,” added Bentley (R-Russell)
The General Assembly continues finding ways to address diabetes issues statewide. Kentucky has the fourth highest mortality rate from diabetes. Roughly 464,000 Kentuckians currently have diabetes, a number that has doubled over the last two decades. The health disparity only widens in more rural parts of the state, where the diabetes rate reaches 17 percent.
For more information on HB 95, visit the Legislative Research Commission website.
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