The price of insulin has more than doubled since 2012, and some people on the drug respond to the high costs by rationing their supply. This can have deadly consequences.
Nicole Smith-Holt told NPR that her son, Alec Smith, died three days before he was due to get paid because he couldn’t afford his insulin.
“It shouldn’t have happened,” she said. “That cause of death of diabetic ketoacidosis should have never happened.”
According to the report, Smith, after leaving his mother’s insurance, was told at the pharmacy counter his diabetes treatments would run up a $1,300 per month bill without insurance, but he faced no better options with insurance.
Smith-Holt said Smith’s salary as a restaurant manager, $35,000 per year, was too high to meet the threshold for Medicaid and subsidies in Minnesota’s insurance marketplace.