AUGUSTA – A bill in the state legislature could cap the out-of-pocket cost of insulin for Mainers with diabetes.
The bill’s sponsor, Speaker of the House Sara Gideon (D – Freeport), said the cost of insulin has gone from about $2,800 per year to about $5,700.
Rep. Gideon said while something needs to be done on the federal level, in the meantime she wants Maine to cap insulin co-pays.
“There are many diabetics who are actually doing things like rationing their insulin and putting themselves in a potentially, not just dangerous, but lethal situation,” said Gideon.
She said Colorado capped its insulin co-pays at $100 for a 30 day supply, and lawmakers here are still looking at what it could be in Maine.
The bill was introduced last month, and Gideon is hoping to get it in committee some time this month.