Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragán (CA-44) released a Congressional Report that highlights the high prices of diabetes drugs for seniors and the uninsured in California’s 44th Congressional district.
Findings from the report show that residents in the district pay far more for their insulin than they would in other countries. The report was released during a press conference in San Pedro where constituents shared their personal stories as individuals with diabetes and concerns on the rising costs of insulin.
“For years, the skyrocketing costs of insulin have impacted families living in my district which has the highest rate of diabetes in the entire state of California,” said Rep. Barragán. “Time and again, my constituents have told me they can no longer afford their medication and are resorting to desperate measures like using expired insulin, rationing their care or not taking it all. Sadly, rising costs have made access to affordable insulin far more difficult for people that are low-income, are Medicare Part D beneficiaries or are uninsured. The report only magnifies the urgency for long-term improvements in insulin affordability. Over the last several weeks, my colleagues and I have taken action in Congress to ensure all Americans, especially communities of color, are able to afford their life saving medication.”
Constituents who spoke at the press conference:
The report found that:
A full copy of the report can be found here.
A livestream of the press conference can be found here.