Minnesota Insulin Safety Net Program launches

Minnesota Insulin Safety Net Program launches

Updated: July 01, 2020 02:51 PM

The Minnesota Insulin Safety Net Program launched Wednesday. The program, created by the Alec Smith Insulin Affordability Act, allows Minnesotans in urgent need of insulin to access the life-saving drug through their pharmacy.


To honor Alec Smith, who died at the age of 26 after not being able to afford the insulin he needed to survive, Governor Walz also declared July 1, 2020 as Alec Smith Day in the State of Minnesota. 

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“Every Minnesotan deserves access to the medicine they need at a price they can afford,” Governor Walz said. “But the skyrocketing cost of insulin has priced too many Minnesotans out of the drug they need to live. Thanks to the fighting spirit of Minnesotans with diabetes and the families who have lost loved ones to this crisis, this program will now provide much-needed relief to Minnesotans struggling to afford their insulin.”

According to the Governor's Office, the Insulin Safety Net Program is made up of two parts:

1) The urgent need program for eligible Minnesotans to receive a once-per-year 30-day supply of insulin immediately at their pharmacy for no more than a $35 copay.

2) The continuing need program for eligible Minnesotans to receive up to a one-year supply of insulin for no more than $50 per 90-day refill.

Those eligible for the urgent need program must:

  • Live in Minnesota
  • Have an urgent need for insulin
  • Have a current prescription for insulin
  • Pay more than $75 each month for their insulin prescription
  • Not be enrolled in Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare
  • Present a valid Minnesota ID card, driver’s license or permit, or tribal-issued ID to the pharmacy. For children under age 18, a parent or legal guardian must provide the pharmacy with their proof of residency

How to apply:

  • Go to to print the application. Bring the completed application to your local pharmacy. All pharmacies in Minnesota must participate.
  • If you are unable to print the application, ask your pharmacist to provide you with an “urgent need insulin application” to complete at the pharmacy.

The program was implemented by MNsure, the state’s health insurance marketplace and the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy, which was created to help Minnesotans struggling to purchase insulin.

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