“This measure will save lives”: Senator Reverend Warnock Celebrates His $35 Medicare Insulin Cost Cap Taking Effect, Lowering Insulin Costs for Over 50,000 Georgians

Starting January 1, 2023, out-of-pocket insulin costs are capped at $35 a month for Georgians on Medicare

Thanks to his months-long effort, Senator Reverend Warnock delivered this cost cap through the Inflation Reduction Act, which was signed into law last August

Senator Reverend Warnock: “I’m thrilled to see my provision to cap insulin costs for Medicare recipients finally take effect because, simply put, this measure will save lives”

ICYMI from WABE: ‘Insulin isn’t optional for millions’: Sen. Raphael Warnock pushes to cap the cost of insulin

Washington D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock (D-GA) celebrated his provision to cap out-of-pocket insulin costs at $35 a month for Medicare recipients, which took effect on January 1, 2023. Thanks to Senator Warnock’s leadership, this provision, which was signed into law through the Inflation Reduction Act, will lower the cost of insulin for over 50,000 Georgians, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.  

“If you need insulin, you really need insulin—it is not a choice. I’m thrilled to see my provision to cap insulin costs for Medicare recipients finally take effect because, simply put, this measure will save lives,” said Senator Reverend Warnock. “I’m going to continue working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to make insulin affordable for all Georgians and Americans.”

Last February, Senator Warnock, a long-time champion for affordable, quality health care, introduced the Affordable Insulin Now Act, which would cap the out-of-pocket cost of insulin at $35 for insulin users on private insurance and Medicare plans. The Senator worked to build 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. The Senator was able to successfully secure 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 last August. Additional policies in the Warnock-championed Inflation Reduction Act that took effect on January 1 include a provision that makes some vaccines free for seniors covered by Medicare Part D, which impacts nearly 113,000 Georgians, and a provision that will lower Affordable Care Act Marketplace premiums for roughly 658,000 Georgians.