Black diabetes patients welcome Eli Lilly’s price cap, but say systemic medical barriers remain


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The price cap will have a major effect on Black people with diabetes, who are more prone to struggle to pay for insulin.

The price caps on insulin by Eli Lilly will bring relief for many struggling to pay for diabetic medication. Photo Credit – Lauren Schatzman / NBC News

The news last week that the drugmaker Eli Lilly will cap out-of-pocket costs for its insulin at $35 per month brought relief to some. But what remains are systemic problems with insurance coverage and misdiagnosis that continue to challenge many with diabetes.

Mila Clarke, 33, is among the 12% of Black Americans who have been diagnosed with diabetes, the second-highest rate behind Native Americans. 

After she was told by her doctor that she had Type 2 diabetes, Clarke familiarized herself with insurance copay cards and patient programs that provide assistance from insulin manufacturers. If she hadn’t, “I would have walked out of the pharmacy paying $2,000 for a 30-day supply of insulin, which is like rent or a mortgage,” she said. “Like, nobody can pay that every single month just to stay alive.”

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