Optum to sell low-cost insulin to uninsured individuals

UnitedHealth Group's Optum is working with French pharmaceutical company Sanofi to offer a 30-day supply of insulin products for $35 to uninsured diabetics.

The new benefit can be accessed through the Optum Store, where customers can check to see if their insulin is available and then get their prescription filled at any retail pharmacy. A mail-order option will soon be available, according to an Aug. 1 news release.

UnitedHealthcare said July 15 it would be getting rid out-of-pocket costs for some prescription drugs under fully insured group plans. Medications that will have a $0 cost-share include insulin, epinephrine, glucagon, naloxone and albuterol. Pending regulatory approvals, the policy could be in place by Jan. 1.

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