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What JoCo Medicare recipients should know about $35 insulin cap

Nov 16, 2023

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There is a $35 cap on insulin for Medicare enrollees, like Overland Park resident Julia Cogley, above, who used to rely on free insulin samples from her doctor to avoid paying $700 a month. Photo credit Juliana Garcia.

After developing Type 2 diabetes a few years ago, Julia Cogley of Overland Park couldn’t pay $700 a month for insulin on top of two other monthly medications.

Cogley said anxiety hangs overhead knowing her monthly medication costs stack up to $2,100. She doesn’t travel or go out to eat because she spends much of her disposable income on medicine.

She’s resorted to cutting cable, one of the last places she can make a change to pad her budget, to save $100 a month.

In order to get the insulin she needed, Cogley worked with doctors who gave her free samples to get by.

But that all is changing now that a federal $35 insulin cap is in effect through the Inflation Reduction Act, which took effect at the start of 2023.

“I really cried the day that I saw that this had been passed, because it is such a huge thing,” Cogley said. “That’s with me recognizing my many blessings in my life.”

Democratic U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids, whose office referred Cogley to the Post, has highlighted the high price of insulin in the past and believes the insulin cap should be extended to all diabetics beyond just Medicare recipients.

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