Several new laws took effect yesterday, including the Alec Smith Insulin Affordability Act. This legislation is named after a 26-year-old Minnesotan who lost his life because he couldn’t afford his insulin. Unfortunately, Alec’s experience is not uncommon. One in four people with diabetes have been forced to ration their insulin due to increasing costs.
The Alec Smith Insulin Affordability Act provides emergency access to insulin and will help make the lifesaving medication more affordable long-term. Insulin manufacturers that have profited off skyrocketing prices are suing to stop the implementation of this law. In my mind, this is further evidence that we need to hold drug manufacturers accountable and fight to put people before profits.
On a related note, the Prescription Drug Price Transparency Act went into effect yesterday as well. This legislation requires drug manufacturers to make their pricing information public, which will help build pressure to drive down costs. You can read more about these new laws and others here.
This weekend, I attended a Standing Up to Racism event in White Bear Lake where I listened and learned about the racism in our community (both past and present) and the actions that individuals can take to eliminate it. It was great to see so many neighbors eager to learn about racism and how they can make change. Check out the event page here to a see a list of suggested actions, additional resources, and videos from the event.
Minnesota’s COVID-19 dashboard remains a great source for accurate, up-to-date information about the virus, and the new Stay Safe webpage covers the resources available for Minnesotans as we work to reopen our state safely. COVID-19 cases are surging in several states that have started reopening, and some states have slowed or reversed their reopening plans as a result. We all need to stay vigilant and informed to prevent a resurgence in Minnesota.
If you have any questions about our work at the Legislature or the resources available to our community, please feel free to contact me. I appreciate hearing your thoughts.
Wishing you and your family a safe and happy Fourth of July!