Utah lawmakers approve bill capping insulin prices, send it to Governor

Mar 10, 2020, 4:34 PM | Updated: Mar 11, 2020, 5:36 am

covid-19 diabetes...

Health department data shows about one in four Utahns diagnosed with COVID-19 also has diabetes. Photo: Getty Images

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah lawmakers have approved a bill that will ease the financial realities of hundreds of Utah insulin users.

H.B. 207 requires that health plans cover insulin with no deductible in the lowest co-pay tier. For some Utahns, that means their insulin would be fully covered.

In the case that a health insurance carrier does not comply, the bill creates a co-pay cap of $30 per month, per prescription.

H.B. 207 also allows diabetics to purchase insulin in bulk through Utah’s Public Employee Health Plan (PEHP). This option also makes the PEHP discounted price available to people who have no insurance, are self-insured, and others who are not covered by insurers.

According to the Utah Health Policy Project, Utah’s $30 cap is one of the lowest in the United States.

“We have lost too many of our neighbors after they were forced to choose between rent or medicine,” said Stacy Stanford, a policy analyst with Utah Health Policy Project, in a statement.

“This legislation is going to save lives,” the statement continued.

The bill also increases the number of days in which an insulin prescription can be refilled, the amount of time that an insulin prescription can last, and allows pharmacists to fill an insulin prescription in cases where a prescribing physician or nurse practitioner cannot be reached.

In previous reporting on this subject, KSL Newsradio reporter Kelli Pierce said that the insurance industry had been largely supportive of the legislation.

However, Kelly Atkinson the director of the Utah Health Insurance Association, an organization that is neutral on the bill, had concerns.

“There’s nothing in this legislation that curtails the cost of insulin. It curtails the cost to the public. But as was rightly pointed out by this committee, the pharmaceutical companies control the cost of insulin,” Atkinson said.

To read more about the soaring costs of prescription prices in Utah, please visit this site.


We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.



Michelle Lee

The hidden dangers of too much sugar

Let’s Get Moving Host Maria Shilaos spoke with Health Educator Troy Duell to learn about the hidden dangers of sugar.

12 hours ago

Chief of Police for Price City Police Department, Brandon Sicilie, holding PeeDee....

Britt Johnson

Abandoned puppy finds a home at the Price Police Department

PeeDee, a puppy found on the side of a roadway during a dispatch call, has found a new home with the Price City Police Department.

2 days ago

cdc sign shown, the agency updated its covid guidelines...

Brenda Goodman, CNN

CDC drops 5-day isolation guidance for COVID-19

The CDC says it’s updating its guidance for Covid-19 to bring it in line with its advice for other kinds of respiratory infections, including influenza and RSV.

2 days ago

baby feet, utah postpartum retreat helps new moms...

Britt Johnson

Utah company aims to help postpartum moms with special retreats

The founder of Utah Postpartum Retreat said she thinks new moms are at high risk for developing postpartum mood disorders because they lack support.

3 days ago

A nurse works in the laboratory room in El Nuevo San Juan Health Center at the Bronx borough in New...

Tammy Kikuchi

Skeptics have doubts about universal health care model for Utah

One of the biggest concerns is affordability, according to a recent presentation at the Kem C. Gardener Policy Institute.

5 days ago

FILE: Vietnam War veterans gather for a photograph following a ceremony to recognize and honor Viet...

Eric Cabrera

Veterans can soon sign up for the largest-ever expansion of VA health benefits

On March 5, vets who served in a combat zone, beginning with the Vietnam war, can directly enroll in VA healthcare.

5 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Mother and cute toddler child in a little fancy wooden cottage, reading a book, drinking tea and en...

Visit Bear Lake

How to find the best winter lodging in Bear Lake, Utah

Winter lodging in Bear Lake can be more limited than in the summer, but with some careful planning you can easily book your next winter trip.

Happy family in winter clothing at the ski resort, winter time, watching at mountains in front of t...

Visit Bear Lake

Ski more for less: Affordable ski resorts near Bear Lake, Utah

Plan your perfect ski getaway in Bear Lake this winter, with pristine slopes, affordable tickets, and breathtaking scenery.

front of the Butch Cassidy museum with a man in a cowboy hat standing in the doorway...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Looking Back: The History of Bear Lake

The history of Bear Lake is full of fascinating stories. At over 250,000 years old, the lake has seen generations of people visit its shores.

silhouette of a family looking over a lake with a bird in the top corner flying...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

8 Fun Activities To Do in Bear Lake Without Getting in the Water

Bear Lake offers plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy without having to get in the water. Catch 8 of our favorite activities.

Wellsville Mountains in the spring with a pond in the foreground...

Wasatch Property Management

Advantages of Renting Over Owning a Home

Renting allows you to enjoy luxury amenities and low maintenance without the long-term commitment and responsibilities of owning a home.

Clouds over a red rock vista in Hurricane, Utah...

Wasatch Property Management

Why Southern Utah is a Retirement Paradise

Retirement in southern Utah offers plenty of cultural and recreational opportunities. Find out all that this region has to offer.

Utah lawmakers approve bill capping insulin prices, send it to Governor