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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota diabetics who need emergency insulin supplies but can’t afford them will be able to get the drug starting Wednesday under a new state law.

The safety net program within the Alec Smith Insulin Affordability Act, which the Legislature passed in April, will allow qualifying diabetics with less than seven days worth of the lifesaving drug left to pay no more than $35 to get a one-time 30-day supply from their pharmacy.

The law is named for Alec Smith, an uninsured 26-year-old Minneapolis man who died in 2017 of complications from rationing his insulin — a common but dangerous strategy among those who lack sufficient coverage. He couldn’t afford the $1,300 per month he needed for the drug and test supplies after he aged off his mother’s insurance. His mother, Nicole Smith-Holt, was a leading campaigner to get the legislation passed.

To qualify for the urgent need program, diabetics must need an emergency refill to avoid the likelihood of suffering significant health consequences if they run out. They must meet income qualifications, be Minnesota residents and have a valid prescription. They must be paying more than $75 monthly for insulin and must not be enrolled in the state’s Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare public health insurance plans, which already cover insulin. Manufacturers will either reimburse pharmacies for the costs or replace the insulin.

The state has set up a website for the Minnesota Insulin Safety Net Program at that includes information on how to apply and a downloadable application to take to the pharmacy.

Patients who need longer-term help with insulin costs may qualify for the state’s continuing need program, which requires manufacturers to provide insulin to eligible people for up to one year, with an option to renew annually. Drugmakers will provide the insulin for a copay of no more than $50 for each 90-day supply, and potentially less if the patient has insurance.

The family income threshold to qualify is 400% of the federal poverty level, meaning about $51,000 for an individual and about $105,000 for a family of four. People in most public programs, which cover insulin, don’t qualify.

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Bullet Fired At Luxury Englewood Complex Goes Into Neighbors Apartment, Gunman Flees

Residents of a luxury apartment building in Englewood have been on edge since someone in the building fired a bullet Sunday that went through a wall into another apartment.

All that residents said they knew as of Monday was that someone on the second floor of the Vivian on Sterling Boulevard off Route 4 fired the shot and then fled.

Surveillance video shows the person believed responsible leaving the building carrying a duffel bag, they said.

Police searched the apartment and didn’t find a weapon, neighbors said, adding that no one had returned to the unit.

One resident said the landlord hasn’t informed anyone living there about the incident because authorities apparently “did not want to scare residents.”

City police confirmed the shooting and said they were continuing an investigation. The Bergen County Sheriff's Bureau of Criminal Identification collected evidence.

Increased lawlessness – including shootings – in recent months have residents citywide concerned.

Opened 3 ½ years ago, the Vivian boasts “the chic vibe of Englewood South,” with a fitness center, spa, steam room, pet salon and a theater room, among other amenities.

One-bedroom units at the 195-apartment Vivian have been advertised at $2,370 to $2,475 a month rent for a little over 700 square feet. Two bedrooms, at 962 square feet to 1,102 square feet, have been listed at $2,800 to $3,250.

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