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Kuster Urges Action To Make Insulin More Affordable on House Floor


**Kuster’s full remarks are available HERE**

**1 in 4 Americans who rely on insulin have cut back or skipped doses due to costs**


Washington, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) spoke on the House Floor in favor of H.R. 6833, the Affordable Insulin Now Act, legislation to cap out-of-pocket costs for insulin at no more than $35 per month in Medicare Part D and commercial health insurance. In her remarks, Rep. Kuster highlighted the critical need to make insulin affordable for Americans in New Hampshire and across the country.


“I consistently hear from Granite State families about how the rising costs of insulin are forcing them to put their health at risk by cutting back on doses or skipping them altogether because it’s just too expensive,” said Rep. Kuster. “American families should not face impossible decisions between their medications and their well-being. No one should pay more than $35 a month for their insulin. I urge my colleagues to support this bill, and I yield back.”


Congresswoman Kuster has been a strong advocate for lowering the cost of insulin for Granite State families. The Kuster-backed Affordable Insulin Now Act will:


  • Require Medicare Part D plans and commercial health insurance plans to cover insulin and cap cost-sharing at no more than $35 per month.
    • Beginning in 2023, the bill requires private health plans to cover at least one of each type and dosage form of insulin and caps cost-sharing for a 30-day supply at the lesser of $35 or 25 percent of a plan’s negotiated price.  
    • The bill also requires all Medicare prescription drug plans to cap cost-sharing for insulin at no more than $35. 
      • Among individuals with private insurance, half would save at least $19 per month and a quarter would save at least $42 per month.  Individuals who buy their own insurance will experience the most savings. 
  • This bill is paid for by delaying the implementation for one year of the Rebate Rule that was published by the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services on November 30, 2020.


Rep. Kuster’s full remarks on the House Floor are available HERE.