#insulin4all Day of Action on U.S. Insulin Pricing
On Friday, September 8th, 2017, members of the #Insulin4all community will come together, in solidarity with the Lilly HQ protest, to make a series of calls to their representatives and senators at the federal and state level. We will be calling to inform, educate and advocate for lowering insulin prices and increasing access in America. We will let them know that the high prices being charged by Novo Nordisk, Eli Lilly and Sanofi for a medicine necessary for survival are unacceptable.
Many of you have called your representatives about the price of insulin. Maybe some of you have thought about calling but felt it wouldn’t make a difference. Maybe you weren’t sure what to say. Whether you’ve called before - or not - we want to make a call (or several) on the day of action!
Six million Americans are insulin dependent. Imagine if we all raised our voices at once to ensure we are heard! If we all speak up, government representatives will not be able to turn a blind eye to this crisis any longer.
Here’s what you can do on Friday, September 8, 2017:
-Ask your state representative if you can arrange a meeting to speak about insulin pricing in person. If you get a meeting, we can help you prepare for it.
-Ask them to support specific legislation that would help end the insulin pricing crisis, and ask them to oppose any legislation that would make the crisis worse.
-Ask them to consider bringing forth legislation similar to SB539, which was recently passed and signed into law in Nevada.
-Most importantly, tell them that the price of insulin in America is too high. Ask them to do whatever they can do to bring unaffordable costs down and ensure all diabetics have access to the insulin they need.
-Tell them about the protest happening on September 9th and ask them if they will voice their support. See below for some facts you can offer to help them understand the issue.