Health insurer Cigna Corp on Wednesday launched a program aimed at ensuring some diabetes patients pay no more than $25 for a 30-day supply of insulin. Typically, Cigna and Express Scripts customers who use insulin pay about $41.50 out of pocket for a 30-day supply.
The country's largest pharmacy benefit manager - itself acquired previous year by one of the country's biggest health insurers - is introducing a program to cap out-of-pocket costs for diabetes patients who rely on insulin.
The program is only available to members who participate in non-government-funded pharmacy plans managed by Express Scripts, including Cigna and other plans. Cigna acquired Express Scripts, the largest United States pharmacy benefit management company, in December.
One report found a jump in prices for all types of insulin and insulin products.
Vials of insulin belonging to David Burns, 38, who has type 1 diabetes, are photographed in his home in North London on February 24, 2019.
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At a US House of Representatives subcommittee hearing on insulin pricing Tuesday, Aaron Kowalski, chief mission officer of JDRF, a nonprofit diabetes research funding organization, called for the elimination of rebates - which make up more than 70% of the list price of insulin - from the drug reimbursement system.
"For people with diabetes, insulin can be as essential as air", Dr. The company said the cap would reduce out-of-pocket payments for insulin by almost 40%. Health plan sponsors, such as employers and labor unions, will have to opt-in to an out-of-pocket cap program in order for patients to benefit from it.
The annual cost of insulin for treating a type 1 diabetes patient in the United States almost doubled to $5,705 in 2016 from $2,864 in 2012, according to a recent study.
"Every part of the industry has a role to play in lowering prescription drug prices". Prices for the most commonly prescribed insulins have increased by more than 700% over the last 20 years, accounting for inflation.