State lawmakers have reached an agreement on an emergency insulin program making the drug accessible to Minnesotans in need. The bill is named after Alec Smith, who lost his life because he could not afford his insulin. Alec’s mother Nicole Smith-Holt…

“Losing Alec was a very traumatic experience for our family. The one positive that we are taking away from this event is that it has been a catalyst in the fight for a bill that will help to prevent others from dying the way Alec died.”

The bill ensures that eligible Minnesotans who cannot afford their insulin and are facing an emergency need can access a 30-day supply at their pharmacy for a co-pay of $35. And insulin manufacturers would participate in the program and could be fined up to $3.6 million a year–doubling in the second year–for non-compliance. The bill could be passed as early as next Tuesday.