Alleviating the financial burdens diabetics face is a must, and Republican Rep. Danny Bentley’s adamant stance is an admirable one.
Bentley is the lead sponsor for a bills that would be game-changers for the more than 500,000 diabetics in the Bluegrass State.
“As a Type I Diabetic,” he said, “I know first-hand the struggle diabetics face when they do not have access to insulin. ... These pieces of legislation will help take the burden away for Kentuckians who are diabetic. It is an honor to sponsor such life-changing bills, and I am appreciative of the support from my colleagues in the legislature.”
Gov. Andy Beshear supports House Bill 12, specifically, which would cap out-of-pocket insulin costs at $100 for a 30-day supply.
Bentley said the price of insulin has increased by more than 550% over the last decade and a half.
This legislation would bring much-needed relief to so many individuals and families.
According to Gary Dougherty of the American Diabetes Association, one in four patients use less of their doctor-prescribed insulin because of the high cost of insulin. This bill will save lives.
This bill, along with some others, “will move us closer to our goal of ensuring that Kentuckians with diabetes can go to the pharmacy and pick up their insulin prescription without worry, without plans to skip doses or forgo paying other bills.”
This is an essential bill for Kentuckians. Kudos to Rep. Bentley for standing firm and being a strong voice on this subject.