Nearly 10% of Cortland County residents are diabetics, according to our Senator, Chuck Schumer, who visited Syracuse Wednesday to push for legislation to reduce the price of insulin.
The Senate Majority Leader joined the team at Upstate’s Jolson Diabetes Care Center.
Insulin can cost $200 to $600 a month and that forces many diabetics to ration their insulin. Jolson director Dr. Ruth Weinstock shared one tragic story. “Such as the 26-year old, who lost his parents health insurance, and went to the pharmacy for the first time, to pick up his own insulin and supplies. When he saw the bill for over $1,000, he decided to postpone picking up the insulin, and tragically, he was found dead in bed, a little later.”
What can be done? Schumer pledged that the Senate will vote next month to cap the cost at $35.