Securing Healthcare, Insulin, Low-Cost Prescription Drugs
Insulin & Low-Cost Prescription Drugs
From seniors to diabetics of all ages, Matt understands people across the state rely on prescription drugs to remain healthy. Yet despite record profits and no substantial changes to insulin formulas, the cost of insulin has skyrocketed to the point that many people cannot afford it - even with insurance.
After three years of pushing, the Alec Smith Emergency insulin Bill, led and co-authored by Matt, was signed into law. Diabetics across the state now have emergency access to insulin, expanded coverage and any of the manufacturers who refuse to participate are fined. Beyond insulin, Matt also works for cheaper prescription drugs of all types as part of the Attorney General’s Bipartisan Lower Prices Task Force to ensure everyone can safely and affordably access these necessary medications.
And now, Matt must continue the fight for insulin equity, because drug companies are suing to overturn the Alec Smith Act. Even if they succeed, Matt is already working on a new version of the bill with more legal safeguards.
- Wrote and passed the Alec Smith Emergency Insulin Act, providing diabetics across the state with emergency insulin while fining insulin makers for non-compliance.
- Voted for Prescription Drug Price Transparency Act to increase accountability of drug manufacturers who raise prices without warning.
- Authored bill to stop prescription drug price gouging and malicious practices from pharmaceutical companies.
- Named to Attorney General’s drug pricing task force.
Providing Family & Sick Leave
Many large employers are able to provide time for their employees to take off for health or personal reasons, and while that is excellent for those employees, many have no leave time available. Matt believes the size of the employer you work for should not dictate whether you can take leave for any of life’s challenging times. In addition, the cost of providing health insurance has become an enormous drag on the growth of many Minnesota employers, especially mid to small businesses who cannot afford 20%-50% annual increases in premiums. A state-wide leave policy will improve small business competitiveness and give Minnesotans time they need to take care of themselves and their families.
- Co-sponsored legislation to provide workers with paid sick leave for illness or concerns for safety.
- Co-authored legislation for new parents to receive 12-weeks of leave after the birth of a child.
- Advocated for measures that will help provide leave to take care of sick family members while receiving pay.
Lowering Premiums & Expanding Coverage
Matt has personally relied on the MNsure marketplace as a small business owner. He understands that healthcare is deeply personal and even small changes in coverage can have massive consequences for individuals, families and businesses. One of the three pillars of the original Affordable Care Act (ACA) was a reinsurance provision which helped to spread the risk of patients with the highest cost medical bills. Unfortunately, that portion of the ACA was defunded and without that pool of funding to spread risk, premiums continued to rise. That’s why Matt voted for MN Health Reinsurance to lower people’s premiums. In the long run, Matt believes the most effective way to insure more Minnesotans is through a MNcare buy-in option. It’s a revenue neutral solution that will help control healthcare costs and provide an option in the event of job losses or changes in coverage.
- Crossed party lines to vote for reinsurance, lowering premiums and stabilizing the individual insurance market.
- Co-authored bill to include hearing aids in health insurance coverage.
- Advocated for MNSure Buy-In; a revenue neutral option to provide lower cost care and decrease prices across the state.