Cincinnati, OH – Today, Congressman Greg Landsman (OH-01) announced that Isaiah Gentry, a Cincinnati 12-year-old with diabetes, will join Congressman Landsman as his guest for President Biden’s State of the Union address on Tuesday, February 7. Congressman Landsman and Isaiah Gentry will be available for interviews prior to the State of the Union on Tuesday, February 7th beginning at 4:00pm.
Isaiah Gentry is a 7th grader from Cincinnati with Type 1 Diabetes. Isaiah and his family have been greatly impacted by the high cost of insulin. Isaiah’s mother, Tara Gentry, took a much lower paying job, to ensure Isaiah’s insulin and medical care are covered by Medicaid. Isaiah and his aunt, Hillary Long, will join Congressman Landsman in Washington, DC for the State of the Union address.
“As a single mother, Isaiah’s mom has gone to extraordinary lengths to support her children – including putting her career goals on hold,” said Hillary Long. “The ridiculous cost of insulin has weighed heavily on the family. If the cost of insulin and diabetes care wasn’t so high, Tara Gentry would be able to continue in her career and provide a stable financial footing for the family’s future.”
The first piece of legislation Congressman Landsman plans to introduce during the 118th Congress is a bill to cap the cost of insulin for children at $35 a month.
“I am so glad Isaiah is going to join me for the State of the Union,” said Congressman Landsman. “Last Congress, Democrats were able to cap the cost of insulin at $35 a month for seniors on Medicare – and I know we can build on that progress for children and families. Isaiah and so many children just like him deserve to be able to receive the care they need – without breaking the bank. As I work on our legislation to cap the cost of insulin for children, I look forward to hearing the President’s plan to further lower costs for working families.”
Congressman Landsman and Isaiah Gentry will be available for interviews prior to the State of the Union on Tuesday, February 7th beginning at 4:00pm.