Our first week of the 2020 legislative session is a wrap. It feels good to be back at the capitol advocating for the people of District 42. I hope to see you all at the capitol this session!
Below are just some of the highlights and topics being discussed. I appreciate you all sharing your thoughts and concerns with me and look forward to another week.
TCE Remains a Priority
Myself and other legislators gathered to show our continued support regarding TCE. Proposals put forward this session in response to the toxic release of Trichloroethylene (TCE) at the Water Gremlin Company in White Bear Township were largely ignored by the Senate majority last session. A new package of TCE related bills will be rolled out this session. I remain committed to passing this important legislation this session.
Patients still waiting for emergency insulin access
The cost of insulin has tripled in the last 10 years, putting a burden on thousands of Minnesotans, while the three insulin manufacturers that control more than 90% of the U.S. Republicans presented a bill to the Health and Human Services Finance and Policy Committee this week that provides a partial assistance program funded entirely by taxpayers. Fewer patients would qualify under the Republican proposal, the emergency program would only offer a 60-day supply, and the copay would be $75 per 30-day supply. This program also would expire in 2023, meaning diabetics would be facing uncertainty again in just a few years.Urgent action must be taken to address the epidemic of patients rationing insulin because they cannot afford the life-sustaining drug. I am committed to working to find a bipartisan approach this session that puts the needs of Minnesotan’s first.
A group of East Metro legislators met with Congresswoman McCollum on Friday morning. I am proud to serve with such a hardworking group of people. Thanks for the conversation!