Senator Reverend Warnock joined nine-year-old insulin advocate Evan in calling for the Senate to pass the Senator’s $35 universal insulin cost cap
Senator Reverend Warnock first met Evan at Little Five Points Pharmacy last year at an insulin roundtable
Senator Reverend Warnock: “[Evan’s] family has to work to keep his [blood] sugar level at a good rate throughout the day, the last thing they should have to worry about is the cost of insulin”
Nine-year-old Evan: “Kids like me need access to affordable insulin to survive, they need insulin to survive. And I think it’s really important that kids, all kids and adults get affordable insulin, just like me”
WATCH: Senator Warnock joins nine-year-old Evan to discuss the importance of capping the cost of insulin
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock (D-GA) joined nine-year-old Georgia insulin advocate Evan in calling for the Senate to pass the Senator’s $35 universal insulin cost cap. Senator Warnock first met Evan last year at Little Five Points Pharmacy at an insulin roundtable. Evan visited the U.S. Capitol to urge members of Congress to support type 1 diabetes research. Senator Warnock is fighting to pass his Affordable Insulin Now Act of 2023, which caps the cost of insulin at $35 a month for insured and uninsured insulin users.
Senator Warnock has championed affordable access to insulin since coming to the Senate. In February 2022, the Senator introduced the Affordable Insulin Now Act of 2022, which would cap the out-of-pocket cost of insulin at $35 for insulin users on private insurance and Medicare plans. The Senator successfully built critical support for the legislation, including garnering co-sponsorships from a majority of Senate Democrats as well as securing the bill’s bipartisan passage through the House of Representatives. Additionally, the Senator secured major endorsements for his legislation from important health care and diabetes advocacy organizations, including the American Diabetes Association. Later that year, Senator Warnock successfully secured a provision of his legislation—a $35 out-of-pocket cost cap for Medicare recipients—in the Inflation Reduction Act, which was signed into law in August 2022. In spring 2023, Senator Warnock joined Senator Kennedy to reintroduce legislation to cap insulin at $35 for privately-insured and uninsured insulin users. Thanks to the Senator’s leadership, the universal insulin cost cap is in a strong position to be included in a bipartisan prescription drug pricing bill expected to come to the Senate floor this month. Click HERE for a full timeline of the Senator’s insulin leadership.
See below for a full video transcript:
Senator Reverend Warnock: “Hey, everybody, Senator Warnock here with my friend Evan. Evan is nine years old and a type one diabetic. His family has to work to keep his [blood] sugar level at a good rate throughout the day, the last thing they should have to worry about is the cost of insulin. I met this young man a while ago when I introduced my Affordable Insulin Now bill. That bill was signed into law last summer. So we’ve made progress, but we still have a lot more work to do to make sure we kept the cost of insulin to no more than $35 per month for everyone, including families like Evans.”
Evan: “Hi, I’m Evan. I was diagnosed when I was two years old. Kids like me need access to affordable insulin to survive, they need insulin to survive. And I think it’s really important that kids, all kids and adults get affordable insulin, just like me.”
RW: “So well said. Thank you so much, Evan, for coming all the way up to Washington, DC, your story and thousands of stories like yours remind us that we need to get this legislation over the finish line. It’s time to get this done.”