Capping the high price of insulin

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Posted: Friday, November 20, 2020 6:25 am | Updated: 7:02 am, Fri Nov 20, 2020.

Angela Kritzberger remembers the uncertainty before her youngest daughter, Nina, tested positive for Type 1 diabetes. 

She remembers the confusion surrounding Nina’s rapid weight loss and sudden fatigue. 

She also understands the financial strain many are under to afford insulin on a month-to-month basis.

This November, Diabetes Awareness Month, Kritzberger is working to bring more awareness to diabetes and alleviating the expenses with the diagnosis.

The Hillsboro woman, along with other parents in North Dakota, have introduced a bill to the state senate, looking to cap the copay of insulin and basic testing supplies.

“There are many drugs that are expensive,” Kritzberger said. “With insulin and diabetes, there’s a 100 percent chance of death that you’re working against every day.”

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Tim Mathern of Fargo, would seek to cap the copay for a supply of insulin at $25, along with another $25 copay for basic testing supplies.

Kritzberger said that insulin can cost as much as $1,000 per month for families, depending on the insurance plan.

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