A bill that has been near and dear to Senator Andy Manar’s heart was finally signed into law Friday morning. Illinois Governor JB Pritzker signed into law Senate Bill 667. This bill will make Illinois the second state in the nation behind Colorado to cap out-of-pocket insulin costs at $100 per month for all patients regardless of the supply they require. Senator Manar says that this bill wouldn’t have happened without the impact of young advocates.
Senator Manar says that thanks to a bipartisan effort and a grassroots effort this is a big victory for Illinoisans, but the fight doesn’t stop here.
Over 1.3 million Illinoisans are living with diabetes and rely on insulin to manage their blood sugar levels and price increases hurt families and individuals like Josie Edlefson.
The new law will also require departments to issue an “insulin pricing report” to the public that will release insulin pricing practices and recommendations to control and prevent overpricing of prescription insulin drugs.