JDRF Official Statement: President Biden’s Comments about Insulin Affordability During State of the Union

JDRF is glad President Biden used the State of the Union to address the insulin affordability crisis, which has had devastating consequences in the diabetes community for far too long. Joshua Davis, the young man with type 1 diabetes who joined the First Lady in the gallery, was one of the JDRF Children’s Congress delegates who called for action on this issue in 2017. It is long past time for Congress to act on a bipartisan basis to make this life-saving drug affordable for all. We encourage the community to call upon their Senators and Representatives to pass the Affordable Insulin Now Act, which includes a $35 per month insulin co-pay cap for people with Medicare or private insurance and a requirement for commercial insurers to exclude insulin from the deductible. And we call for healthcare leaders across the country to take action as well. No one should have to choose between food and rent and this life-saving drug.

–JDRF International