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Access to Insulin: How Price Hikes Impact Iowans

Heather Aitken

The cost of insulin has increased by 1,200% since the 1990's, and doubled in price between 2012 and 2016 alone. And as insulin prices steeply increase, many Iowans with diabetes feel the strain of accessing and affording this life-sustaining medication. When a sudden loss of insurance or financial strain comes in, the consequences can be devastating.

On this segment of River to River host Ben Kieffer talks with Iowa mother Janelle Lutchen, whose son Jesse died after rationing the insulin he depended on to live following the loss of his insurance coverage. Also joining the program is US Advocacy Manager for T1International, Allison Bailey to talk about the insulin price crisis and the #insulin4all movement.

Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Katelyn Harrop is a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa