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On Thursday, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Senate Bills 155 and 156 to ensure access to emergency insulin supply at a cost affordable to all Michiganders. The governor also signed House Bills 4055 and 4056 to allow the Michigan Department of Treasury to use overall scholastic achievement to determine eligibility for competitive college scholarships instead of relying exclusively on the ACT and SAT. These bills acknowledge the challenges that many students have had in accessing standardized tests during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I am committed to bringing Republicans and Democrats together to make real, lasting change for Michigan families,” said Whitmer. “For people living with diabetes, access to insulin is a matter of life and death. I’m proud to sign Senate Bills 155 and 156 because they ensure access to an emergency insulin supply for people facing an interruption of care, and require insurance to cover that emergency supply. I’m also proud to sign House Bills 4055 and 4056 – students should be able to afford a college education based on their overall scholastic achievement, especially when facing unprecedented obstacles to taking otherwise required tests like the ACT and SAT. ” 

Senate Bills 155 allows pharmacists to dispense an emergency supply of insulin to individuals with an expired but otherwise valid prescription issued within the last 12 months. Senate Bill 156 requires insurance to cover an emergency supply of insulin when dispensed under the circumstances outlined in Senate Bill 155.

Senate Bill 155 and Senate Bill 156 were sponsored by Sen. Kevin Daley, R-Lum.  

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