Cigna to cap out-of-pocket expenses for insulin

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Health insurer Cigna is launching a program that will cap out-of-pocket expenses at $25 for a 30-day supply of insulin, the company said Wednesday. Last year, patients paid an average of $41.50 a month out of pocket, including deductibles, copays or coinsurance, for the lifesaving diabetes drug, the company said.

The Patient Assurance Program will be available to members of participating non-government-funded pharmacy plans managed by Express Scripts, including Cigna and other plans. Cigna acquired Express Scripts, the largest US pharmacy benefit management company, in December.

“In most cases, people who use insulin will see lower out-of-pocket costs without any increased cost to the plan,” the company said.

The move follows the US Food and Drug Administration’s