Bill to cap insulin copays at $30 passes Utah legislature

Local News

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – A bill designed to make insulin more affordable and more accessible passed the Utah legislature. House Bill 207, Insulin Access Amendments, overwhelming passed the Senate Tuesday.

The bill, sponsored by Representative Norman Thurston (R-Provo), would create a co-pay cap of $30 per month per prescription. The proposal would also set up a bulk purchasing program that would drastically reduce the price for state employees and those without insurance.

To address barriers related to access, Thurston’s bill would increase the number of professions that can be licensed to prescribe insulin. Under the bill, pharmacists, pharmacy interns, and registered nurses would be able to prescribe the life-saving drug.

“With HB207 no Utahn should ever have to leave a pharmacy without the insulin they need to live,” Senator Deidre Henderson said in a tweet. Henderson was the bill’s floor sponsor.

The bill is now off to Governor Gary Herbert’s desk.

WHAT OTHERS ARE READING:

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Inside Utah Politics Logo

Glen Mills

Chief Political Correspondent

 Glen is honored to be delivering the news of the day every weeknight at 5, 6, and 10 in his home state. He is an award-winning veteran journalist, who joined the ABC4 News team as a weekend anchor in June 2013. Over the years, he held various positions at the station as he worked his way up to the main anchor chair. He also serves as our Senior Political Correspondent and hosts Inside Utah Politics, which airs every Sunday. The Utah Headliners Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has recognized Glen as the best government and military television reporter in the state. Before returning home to Utah, he spent 11 1/2 years developing his journalism skills in other states. He held various on-air and management positions at KPVI in Pocatello, Idaho, WGBA in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and KKCO in Grand Junction, Colorado during that time. Read More...