After legislators missed their self-imposed deadline today to reach a deal, Governor Walz renewed his call for a public conference committee on insulin affordability legislation
ST. PAUL, MN (STL.News) Minnesota Governor Tim Walz today renewed his call for public hearings on legislation to address the skyrocketing price of insulin. Legislators today missed their self-imposed 30-day deadline to reach an agreement. The Governor said it is time for these meetings to happen in public and include the voices of Minnesotans currently struggling to afford their insulin.
“We must take immediate action to ensure Minnesotans with diabetes have access to the drug they need to survive,” Governor Walz said. “It has now been 30 days since the Senate and House began meeting to reach a deal on insulin. While I am encouraged that progress has been made, the deadline is up and it is time for this conversation to happen in public. We need real movement on this issue, and we need it now.”
Governor Walz will call a special session as soon as the House and Senate agree on a solution to address the skyrocketing cost of insulin. Last week, he declared “Diabetes Day” in Minnesota as a call to action for the legislature to reach a deal to improve access to affordable insulin. He was recently joined by young Minnesotans with diabetes urging Senate Republicans to come to the table to negotiate a deal. Following his call, a bipartisan group of legislators began meeting to discuss a joint proposal with their 30-day self-imposed deadline passing today. Walz had also previously called on legislative leaders to hold a public conference committee to settle differences between their bills.