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.

Accomplishments

‘A great day’: Minnesota Legislature finally passes emergency insulin bill | MinnPost

The bill, named after Alec Smith, who died after rationing his insulin, creates a way for diabetics to access emergency insulin — and sets up a program to provide long-term supplies for lower-income Minnesotans who are under- or uninsured.

Attorney General Keith Ellison creates task force to combat high drug prices

The medication Claire Henn needed to treat her rheumatoid arthritis got so expensive she had to quit taking it. The price of Remicade jumped from $60 to $1,400 per treatment and the St. Paul retire…

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.

Accomplishments

Senate Democrats convene faux 'banned bills' committee for measures rejected by Republicans

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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.

Accomplishments

Sen. Matt Little crosses party lines; votes yes for premium relief | Minnesota Senate DFL

Senator Matt Little STATEMENT: "I campaigned on changing the way we do politics. This week I crossed party lines and voted for the new healthcare bill that was an agreement between the House and