Eli Lilly announced that it will cap the cost of insulin at $35 a month.
This is a huge deal that will improve the lives of millions of Americans. How do you share this message so that people can appreciate how President Biden's bold action will help them and others in the county where they live? How can you get a sense of the number of Americans who struggle with diabetes and the high price of insulin?
Check this map which includes details of the number of people with diabetes in every county, details of the Lilly program and President Biden's message on making healthcare more affordable.
Where Lilly's insulin price cap will help the most
Bringing down the price of insulin
Drugmaker Eli Lilly announced today that it will cap the cost of insulin at $35 a month, bringing costs for people with private insurance and those without insurance who sign up for Lilly’s copay assistance program into line with the $35 cap for Medicare recipients Congress imposed with the Inflation Reduction Act last August. President Biden has pressured companies to bring down the price of insulin—most notably by calling for such legislation last month during his State of the Union address—and is claiming credit for Lilly’s decision. - Letters From An American
Republicans oppose affordable medication
Republicans all voted against the Inflation Reduction Act and explicitly stripped from it a measure that would have capped the cost of insulin at $35 for those not on Medicare. They continue to oppose the measure.
Lilly’s announcement in the face of Republican support for big pharmaceutical companies is a bellwether for the country’s politics. The astronomically high price tags on U.S. insulin compared to the rest of the world have become a symbol of a society where profits trump lives, and there is growing opposition to the control pharmaceutical companies have over life-saving drugs. A number of other entities, including the state of California, and a company run by billionaire Mark Cuban, have all promised to produce generic insulin at a fraction of what pharmaceutical companies are currently charging. Lilly's announcement is likely a reaction to the changing moment that has brought both political pressure and economic competition. The company’s leaders see the writing on the wall.
Progress for People Living with Diabetes
People who rely on insulin to manage diabetes care deserve affordable access, but systemic barriers stand in the way. Through significant investments in research and solutions that offer more affordable options, we’re working to help. In 2020, Lilly launched the Lilly Insulin Value Program—allowing anyone eligible to purchase their monthly prescription of Lilly insulin for $35 or less. Now, they’re announcing updates that make accessing $35-a-month Lilly insulin even easier, including:
- An automatic $35 max out-of-pocket monthly cost for people with commercial insurance at the majority of retail pharmacies
An easy-to-download savings card that provides $35 max out-of-pocket monthly cost for people who are uninsured, or need to use a non-participating retail pharmacy
Those who need a savings card can visit their Insulin Value Program site, answer two questions, and immediately download it. The only exclusions to this $35 Lilly insulin solution are people enrolled in federal government insurance programs. Federal law provides that Medicare Part D beneficiaries also pay no more than $35 per month for insulin.
Make the facts easier to understand
This map was designed with ArcGIS Online with data about the number of diabetics per county from the Centers For Disease Control (CDC). It includes links to drugmaker Eli Lilly, details from NBC News and President Biden's comments.
Make the user interface friendly
This app uses a SPLASH SCREEN that provides an overview before getting to the actual map. In the top right corner is an INFO BOX which has more details and links to the CDC, Eli Lilly and President Biden's comments. A MAP LEGEND explains the color coding on the map and the SHARE button makes it easy to share the map or embed it in another website.
Take Away: Use infographics to help people appreciate how bold political leadership improve their lives. Culture wars never brought down the price of healthcare.
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