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Delaware Governor Signs Law Capping Insulin Co-Pays at $100 for People with Diabetes

Official Statement
Delaware Governor Signs Law Capping Insulin Co-Pays at $100 for People with Diabetes
Arlington, Virginia

The American Diabetes Association® applauds Delaware’s governor and legislature for passing insulin co-pay cap and formulary provisions

Recently, Delaware House Bill 263 was signed into law by Governor John Carney. A provision in the law limits cost sharing for insulin to $100 per 30-day supply for those with state-regulated commercial health insurance plans. The law also requires plans’ prescription drug formularies include at least one rapid, short, intermediate, and long-acting insulin on the formularies’ lowest tier. The new law, supported by the American Diabetes Association® (ADA), will take effect as plans are issued or renewed in the upcoming year.

Stephen Habbe, Director of State Government Affairs for the ADA, issued the following statement:

“One of the most urgent issues faced by those living with diabetes today is the cost of insulin, which has skyrocketed in price, tripling between 2002 and 2013. With more than one in ten Delawareans living with diagnosed diabetes, and nearly 7,000 more diagnosed every year, it is critical that elected officials address the needs of their citizens with diabetes. The ADA thanks Governor John Carney, Senator Bryan Townsend, Representative David Bentz and members of the legislature for passing this provision into law, and for their continued efforts to bring down the cost of insulin and help the more than 100,000 Delawareans who live with diabetes thrive.”

While this law is a step forward in the fight for affordable insulin, the ADA recognizes that people with diabetes need relief now more than ever. To address the immediate needs of Delawareans with diabetes during the current coronavirus pandemic, the ADA has urged Governor Carney to eliminate all cost-sharing for insulin in state-regulated health insurance plans until the crisis passes. 

The ADA continues to be the driving force in federal and state efforts to ensure that insulin is affordable and accessible for all people who need it. Take action today at diabetes.org/advocacy/platform.

If you are struggling to pay for insulin or know someone who is, the ADA has resources to help—visit InsulinHelp.org.
 

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About the American Diabetes Association
Every day more than 4,000 people are newly diagnosed with diabetes in America. More than 122 million Americans have diabetes or prediabetes and are striving to manage their lives while living with the disease. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization fighting to bend the curve on the diabetes epidemic and help people living with diabetes thrive. For nearly 80 years the ADA has been driving discovery and research to treat, manage and prevent diabetes, while working relentlessly for a cure. We help people with diabetes thrive by fighting for their rights and developing programs, advocacy and education designed to improve their quality of life. Diabetes has brought us together. What we do next will make us Connected for Life. To learn more or to get involved, visit us at diabetes.org or call 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383). Join the fight with us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn).