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Out-of-pocket spending on insulin among people with private insurance

Updated: Jul 17, 2022

Several legislative proposals in Congress propose a $35 per month cap on what people with health insurance would have to pay out of pocket for insulin, a life-saving hormone taken regularly by many people with diabetes to maintain their health.



This analysis of insurance claims data finds that such a cap could provide financial relief to at least 1 out of 5 insulin users with different types of private health insurance.


Among people with private insurance who currently pay more than $35 per month for insulin on average, half would save at least $19 per month, and a quarter would save at least $42 per month. Savings are highest among people who buy their own insurance.


The report analyzes 2018 claims data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services EDGE data for the individual and small-group markets and the IBM Health Analytics MarketScan Commercial Claims and Encounters Database for the large-employer market. It is available through the KFF-Peterson Health System Tracker, an online information hub dedicated to monitoring and assessing the performance of the U.S. health system.


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