A bill that sets up a state insulin assistance program now goes to conference committee after passing unanimously in the Senate Thursday. Though he voted in favor of the bill, Democratic Senator John Marty of Roseville opposes a two-and-a-half-year sunset clause in the bill…

“If I believed we were going to have reasonable drug prices in 2.5 years, I’d say “fine, we can do that” but we’re not going to.”

Republican Senator Eric Pratt of Prior Lake countered that a sunset on the program is wise…

“So that we have to go back and take a look at this program, reevaluate whether or not we have the right structure.”

The bill provides 30 days of emergency insulin to anyone regardless of income as long as they are Minnesota residents and in need of the medicine. And the program helps patients afford their insulin with a 90-day supply for no more than a $25 co-pay.