A bill that will help individuals and families dealing with diabetes to afford the life-saving drug, insulin, is on its way to the governor. Washington House Republicans’ John Sattgast filed this report from Olympia.
SATTGAST: House Bill 2662 caps the insurance company charge of a 30-day supply of insulin at one-hundred dollars and creates a task force to study why insulin prices are so high. The bill comes from Representative Jacquelin Maycumber of Republic, whose son was diagnosed with diabetes last year.
MAYCUMBER: “This is no longer a Republican or a Democrat bill. This is a mother’s bill. The people that have contacted me in the House since this bill has come forward – grieving parents who’ve lost children from this disease – the parents who are fearful to be one of those grieving parents – I think this is a big day for all of us.”
SATTGAST: Maycumber says the bill will help give peace of mind to parents, families and individuals who stay up at night wondering if they have enough insulin to get through the week – and worry they can’t afford it.
The measure passed the House and Senate with a near unanimous vote, and will soon be on the governor’s desk for his signature. John Sattgast, Olympia.