Cincinnati, OH – Today, Congressman Greg Landsman (OH-01 introduced his first bill in Congress – legislation to cap the cost of insulin for children.
In line with his long-standing commitment to lower costs and uplift families, today Congressman Landsman introduced his first bill in Congress, the Making Insulin Affordable for All Children Act – legislation to cap the cost of insulin for children.
At the President’s State of the Union Address just a few weeks ago, Congressman Landsman was joined by Isaiah Gentry, a 7th grader from Cincinnati with Type 1 Diabetes. Isaiah and his family have been greatly impacted by the high cost of insulin, with his mother, Tara, taking a much lower paying job to ensure Isaiah’s insulin and medical care are covered by Medicaid.
The Making Insulin Affordable for All Children Act would ensure that those 26 years of age or younger who are covered by private health insurance plans or Medicaid would pay no more than $35 per month for their insulin products. Congressman Landsman has been working with his colleagues to build broad support for his bill.
“Insulin is a lifesaving medication, but every day in our country – families are forced to make drastic financial decisions just to ensure their child with diabetes has what they need to survive,” said Congressman Landsman. “No family should be forced into bankruptcy or deprived of care because of the outrageous cost of insulin every month. Parents need relief, and children deserve the healthcare they need to live their lives as every child should. Last year, Congress delivered for seniors in a big way by ensuring those on Medicare had their monthly insulin costs capped at $35 per month, and it’s time we do the same for our children. I’ve seen firsthand what the sky-cost of insulin does to families across Southwest Ohio, and I’m honored to fight for Isaiah Gentry and children just like him all across America.”
Congressman Landsman’s Making Insulin Affordable for All Children Act can be found here.