Poll: Utah Voters Back Cap on Co-Pays for Insulin Prescriptions

Public News Service | January 14, 2020

Poll: Utah Voters Back Cap on Co-Pays for Insulin Prescriptions
The skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs has become a bipartisan issue among voters, and Utahns overwhelmingly back a plan to help diabetics overcome the cost of life-saving insulin. A new poll from UtahPolicy.com Y-2 Analytics finds 4 out of 5 registered voters would support legislation to cap out-of-pocket costs for insulin. The idea mirrors a bill passed in Colorado in 2019 to limit a patient's out-of-pocket costs for insulin, a hormone critical to diabetics for controlling their blood sugar. Stacy Stanford, health and policy analyst with the Utah Health Policy Project, said over the past decade, the rising cost of insulin has forced many diabetics to make tough - and sometimes life-threatening - decisions.

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