Local leaders support insulin price cap

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PEORIA, Ill. — Central Illinois leaders are speaking out about the cost of insulin.

A new senate bill could help diabetics who rely on the life-saving drug.

“I have to take insulin for just about everything I eat and drink, and it is expensive,” said Josie Edlefson, a type 1 diabetic.

Senate Bill 667 would cap the cost of insulin for those with public health insurance at $100 a month.

The cost of insulin has skyrocketed in recent years, creating issues for people who depend on it.

State Senators Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) and Dave Koehler (D-Peoria) and State Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth (D-Peoria) came together in support of the bill on Monday.

They say some insulin users pay almost $2,000 a month, and make choices between feeding their families and medicine they need for their own survival.

“It’s hard to think that if I didn’t have insulin, or if I didn’t have enough money to pay for it, I wouldn’t be alive,” said Edlefson.

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