MN Insulin Safety Net Program

MN Health Staff Writer | July 16, 2020

Governor Tim Walz signed the Alec Smith Insulin Affordability Act on April 15, 2020; this includes the Minnesota Insulin Safety Net Program. The MN Insulin Safety Net Program provides financial help to individuals who cannot afford their insulin.

MN Insulin Safety Net Program's Two Parts:

Urgent Need: individuals who are eligible will be allowed a once-per-year 30-day supply from their pharmacy when in urgent need; $35 co-pay

*Note: urgent need is defined as less than a 7-day supply and if you don't have insulin it is likely that you will suffer from substantial health issues

 

Continuing Need: manufacturers are required to give up to a year's supply of insulin to eligible individuals. For a 90-day supply, eligible individual's co-pay will cost no more than $50.

Requirements for Urgent Need Eligibility:

Live in MN

Have an up-to-date prescription for insulin

Have an urgent need* for insulin

Pay more than $75 every month for insulin

Not enrolled in Medical Assistance (MA) or MNcare

Have proof of residency

For minors under 18, parent/guardian must provide the pharmacy with proof of residency

Requirements for Continuing Need:

Live in MN

Present proof of residency

For minors under 18, parent/guardian must provide the pharmacy with proof of residency

Family income must be equal or less than 400% of the federal poverty guidelines

Not enrolled in Medical Assistance (MA) or MNcare

Not eligible for most federal-level funded health care programs

Category: Affordable Health Care
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