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Blue Cross Blue Shield Minnesota to cover insulin costs at no charge next year

EAGAN, Minn. (KTTC) — Relief is coming for people with diabetes in Minnesota. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota announced it will implement a zero-dollar co-pay for insulin bought at a pharmacy.

It’s an effort to reign in health care costs that put a massive financial burdens on Minnesota families, the company said.

State regulatory agencies must first approve the proposed changes before it can go into effect.

Right now, one vial of insulin costs between $300 and $400, according to the American Public Health Association.

Approximately 466,638 Minnesotans, 10.5 percent of the population, have diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. The organization also said every year an estimated 15,000 people in Minnesota are diagnosed with diabetes.

The American Diabetes Association said diabetes and prediabetes cost an estimated $4.4 billion in Minnesota each year.

For more information about Blue Cross’ annoucement, visit their website.

KTTC Staff

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