State Senator Julie Morrison

SPRINGFIELD – The cost of managing diabetes can be a significant burden for many families. To help ease the financial strain experienced by those managing this condition, State Senator Julie Morrison introduced a measure to expand insurance coverage for medically necessary glucose monitors and related supplies.

“Having to make the choice between insulin and other necessities is unacceptable,” said Morrison (D-Lake Forest). “It is my goal to ensure that insurance companies adequately cover the families who rely on them.”

Senate Bill 3414 requires insurance companies to cover glucose monitors, related supplies, and training in the use of glucose monitors for individuals diagnosed with any form of diabetes. The measure includes that an individual won’t need to have prior authorization for coverage for a glucose monitor and prohibits insurance from imposing cost-sharing requirements.

Current law requires coverage for diabetic individuals with type 1 and type 2. Morrison’s initiative expands this to any form of diabetes, securing coverage for medically necessary glucose monitors and related supplies for 1.3 million people in the state who have this chronic health condition.

“Increasing coverage of medically necessary services can greatly improve an individual’s quality of life,” said Morrison. “As chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, I am devoted to protecting people’s health and livelihood.”

Senate Bill 3414 passed the Senate Insurance Committee on Wednesday and moves to the full Senate for further consideration.