Minnesota diabetics make plea to lawmakers to address rising costs of insulin

ST. PAUL, MN (NBC) - A group of Minnesota diabetics made an eleventh-hour plea on Monday for lawmakers to address the rising costs of insulin.

One of the bills in limbo right now is the Alex Smith Emergency Insulin Act.

The legislation would create a statewide assistance program for people who can't get that life-saving drug.

People with Type 1 diabetes and parents of children who depend on the drug are making a final push at the Capitol, explaining the skyrocketing out-of-pocket costs for insulin.

The House bill would provide a 90-day emergency supply of insulin for people, while the Senate version would limit that to 30 days.

It's up to a conference committee to resolve those differences.\