To the Editor:
More than 30 millions Americans have diabetes. In Connecticut, almost 9% of adults have been diagnosed as either a Type 1 or Type 2 diabetic, and another 83,000 or so are thought to have undiagnosed diabetes. For these people, insulin is as necessary as water, food, and air.
Yet from 2002 to 2013 the price of Insulin has almost tripled, making the life saving drug increasingly difficult to afford. For people with health insurance, the impact of this price inflation is minimal: however, those without insurance are often forced to put their life on the line by living without medication they desperately need. During the special session in Hartford, legislators will vote on a bill to cap the price of insulin.
The bill would ensure that Insulin costs no more than $50, and Insulin related supplies don’texceed a price of $100. This bill would increase the affordability of the lifesaving medication and would help Connecticut reduce the number of avoidable deaths.
The proposed bill could help Connecticut citizens avoid the life or death situation incurred wheen necessary medications become unaffordable. It is imperative that this bill is passed and the cycle of death because of inaccessible Insulin is broken.