The WV legislature is considering a bipartisan bill, HB 4543, that would cap copays for life-saving insulin at $25 for a 30-day supply. Currently, the cost of insurance co-payments for insulin can exceed $600 per month. The average price of insulin nearly tripled between 2002 and 2013, and has continued to rise. As many as 1 in 4 diabetics, including many with insurance, have started rationing their insulin because of the higher prices. Rationing insulin can result in strokes, comas or even death.
HB 4543 would cap co-pays for everyone with private insurance or PEIA. It passed the WV House and has moved on to the Senate, getting great support from Republicans like Delegates Jordan Hill, Evan Worrell and Matthew Rohrbach as well as Democrats like Delegates Barbara Evans Fleishauer, Mick Bates and Cody Thompson. But it’s going to take all of us to move it across the finish line.
While pharmaceutical companies make sky-high profits on an drug that’s been around for decades, West Virginians are paying the price. Tell your legislators to choose people over profit and support HB 4543!