Proposed bill would cap Washington insulin costs at $100 per month

Bill would cap insulin costs in WA state

KING COUNTY, Wash. — A Washington state legislator plans to introduce a bill that would cap insulin costs at $100 per month beginning in January 2021. 

State Sen. Karen Keiser, who represents the 33rd legislative district, prefiled Senate Bill 6087.

Under the measure, health plans that cover prescription insulin drugs would be required to cap copayments, deductibles, or other forms of cost sharing at $100 a month, beginning January 1 of next year. 

The bill would also require the health care authority to monitor the wholesale acquisition cost of all insulin products sold in Washington state.

“The legislature finds that diabetes imposes a significant health risk and tremendous financial burden on the citizens and government of the state of Washington,” the bill reads.