The Minnesota legislative session got off to a running start on Feb. 11. The focus has been on insulin affordability. There has been movement on a House bill that will impact pharmacists and patients, HF3100. Read the full language. This bill is sponsored by Rep. Michael Howard of Richfield; it would set up both an emergency insulin program as well as a long-term patient assistance program to improve the affordability of insulin for patients that would be managed by MNsure.
MPhA member Stephen Schondelmeyer, PharmD, PhD, testified before the House Commerce Committee about insulin costs on Tuesday.
There is also a companion bill in the Senate, SF3019. Initially the Senate bill required insulin to be sent to the clinic for the patient to pick up. There was an author change from Senator Pratt to Senator Jensen on Feb. 13 which led to a change in language to have patients pick up their insulin from a pharmacy. There are slight differences in both bills. MPhA will continue to monitor these bills.
MPhA Executive Director Sarah Derr was present at both the Commerce Committee meeting on Feb. 11 and the Health and Human Services (HHS) Policy Committee meetings for both the House and the Senate on Feb. 13. The House bill was passed out of both the Commerce Committee (watch) and the HHS Policy Committee. When posted, the video for the HHS Policy committee (that will include Sarah’s testimony) will be linked on this page. The House bill will be discussed in the State Government Finance Division meeting on Monday, Feb. 17. The Senate bill was discussed in the HHS Finance and Policy Committee hearing on Feb. 13, but was not voted on.