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February 16, 2024

Bi-partisan bill in Ohio House aims to cap prices on insulin

A bipartisan bill filed last week by two Ohio House lawmakers would cap out-of-pocket costs for insulin and devices used in the treatment of diabetes (Source: “Bipartisan Ohio House bill seeks to lower insulin costs,” Ohio Capital Journal, Feb. 15).

The move comes after the Biden administration in 2022 capped costs for Medicare patients, and after the big manufacturers themselves have begun taking steps to bring down prices.

The bill, cosponsored by Reps. Munira Abdullahi, D-Columbus, and Thomas Hall, R-Madison Township, would cap out-of-pocket insulin costs for all Ohioans at $35 a month. It also would cap the cost of related devices such as test strips, syringes and insulin pumps at $100 a month.

Hall and Abdullahi realized they’re both diabetic when they saw each other treating their conditions in the members’ lounge in the Capitol, Hall said during a press conference last week. That’s when they decided to work together to bring down costs.