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TX Lawmaker Proposes Insulin Cost Cap At $50 A Month

Courtesy: Chuck Smith / Red River Radio News

TX INSULIN RATE LEGISLATION - An Austin area Democrat is leading a bipartisan effort in the Texas legislature to cap the price of insulin, which has increased by 12-hundred percent over the last two decades.  State Representative James Talarico, who has Type 1 diabetes, outlined his proposal Tuesday morning.

"My legislation, House Bill 40, . . . . would cap out of pocket costs for insulin at 50 dollars a month," Texas State Representative James Talarico, (D) Austin, TX

"My legislation, House Bill 40, which I am honored to joint author with Representative Price, would cap out of pocket costs for insulin at 50 dollars a month and require HHSC and the Attorney General to investigate rising insulin prices," Talarico explained.

Credit Courtesy: Rep. Talarico, Twitter
Courtesy: Rep. Talarico, Twitter
Texas State Representative James Talarico, (D) of Austin proposed a measure on Tuesday to cap monthly insulin costs in Texas to $50.

Talarico says a super majority of Texas House members have signed onto the bill.  Companion legislation in the Texas Senate also has significant support. If passed, Texas would become the 16th state to cap insulin prices.

Chuck Smith brings more than 30 years' broadcast and media experience to Red River Radio. He began his career as a radio news reporter and transitioned to television journalism and newsmagazine production. Chuck studied mass communications at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia and motion picture / television production at the University of California at Los Angeles. He has also taught writing for television at York Technical College in Rock Hill, South Carolina and video / film production at Centenary College of Louisiana, Shreveport.