San Antonio Councilman Jalen McKee-Rodriguez Proposes Low-Cost Insulin Program

Fresh from proposing six initiatives for council consideration, Councilman Jalen McKee-Rodriguez proposed a new health initiative supported by other council members that aims to help San Antonio’s diabetes community.

McKee-Rodriguez has filed for council review to create a cost-sharing program to help San Antonio residents cover the cost of insulin, according to a news release. The CCR is endorsed by District 4 Councilwoman Adriana Rocha Garcia and signed by council members Phyllis Viagran, Ana Sandoval and Melissa Cabello Havrda.

According to data from Metro Health, black and Latino families in San Antonio suffer disproportionately from diabetes, leading to higher hospitalization and amputation rates, and the cost of insulin has increased by nearly 43 times the rate of the US consumer price index, according to the press release.


Texas signed a similar law in place last year, which caps cost sharing at $35 or $25 for a 30-day supply of insulin.

McKee-Rodriguez says the initiative will further recognize and address racism and disparities as a public health crisis.

“There is a stark contrast and disparity in health outcomes in our city, based on race, socioeconomic status, where residents live in our city and beyond,” says McKee- Rodriguez in the press release. “Everyone deserves access to affordable, lifesaving treatment that will improve their quality of life.”

McKee-Rodriguez filed six other CCRs last week targeting food deserts, crime and recidivism prevention, payday loans, development displacement, animal care services and a utility rate freeze.

The proposed freeze of CPS Energy and SAWS tariffs for the elderly and disabled has drawn attention in light of the recent increase in CPS tariffs.



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