Alec Smith Insulin Affordability Act has been signed into law

Alec Smith Insulin Affordability Act has been signed into law Photo: KSTP/ABC file

Associated Press contributed to this report
Updated: April 15, 2020 02:24 PM

MINNEAPOLIS - On Wednesday, Gov. Tim Walz signed an insulin affordability bill that was approved by the Minnesota Legislature on Tuesday. The bill is known as the Alec Smith Insulin Affordability Act, named after Minnesotan Alec Smith who died because he couldn't afford his insulin and rationed it.

The legislation will allow access to a 30-day supply of insulin for a co-pay of $35, and uninsured, under-insured and those receiving Medicare will be eligible. The legislation is also expected to streamline affordable insulin in the long-term and either get manufacturers to participate in the program or fine them for non-compliance.

Tuesday, the bill passed by a vote of 111-22 in the House and 67-0 in the Senate.

An early version nearly passed last spring but a compromise fell apart in the final hours of the session. 

Disputes over who should pay and opposition from the pharmaceutical industry had been sticking points in negotiations since then. But a bipartisan deal finally came together last week in talks between Senate Republicans and House Democrats.

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