I live in Mississippi, the heart of the Diabetic Belt, and our insulin is anything but inexpensive…..$349 a month……the disease is about 11.3% of the population……
The Diabetes Belt?
So when I read of someone, a state, that is trying to make a difference for its residents I take notice……and Colorado is that state……
Diabetics in Colorado who use insulin to control their blood sugar levels won’t pay more than $100 per month for the drug starting in January thanks to a bill signed into law by Gov. Jared Polis on Wednesday.
“Today, we will declare that the days of insulin price gouging are over in Colorado,” Polis said in his office as he signed the bill, according to CBS Denver.
Insulin has been around for nearly a century, but the price that patients with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes pay for the drug has doubled since 2012, according to the Healthcare Cost Institute. The cost of insulin can creep up toward $1,000 for those whose health care coverage requires significant cost-sharing.
- Mississippi (11.3%)
- Alabama (11.1%)
- West Virginia (10.7%)
- Louisiana (10.3%)
- Tennessee (10.2%)
- Oklahoma (10.1%)
- Kentucky (10.1%)
You would think these 7 states would be the most interested in helping the sufferers of diabetes…..well you would be mistaken….the poorer the state the more diabetes and the less adequate programs.
So ends my Friday and I prepare for a good weekend and Memorial Day……hope all have a good time…be well, be safe……