District 2 Councilmember Celebrates New City Insulin Support Program

Published on June 20, 2024

Council District 2 Jalen Mckee-Rodriguez  City of San Antonio Metropolitan Health District Logo

District 2 Councilmember Celebrates New City Insulin Support Program

SAN ANTONIO (June 202024) – Today, City Council unanimously approved an innovative new program to help residents afford insulin. The program is possible through an agreement between H-E-B and the City of San Antonio Metropolitan Health District’s Chronic Disease Prevention Program.  

H-E-B will implement the program in area pharmacies within designated zip codes that represent the highest prevalence of diabetes-related hospitalizations in San Antonio. Through the agreement, the out-of-pocket cost of insulin will be subsidized for individuals who cannot afford their prescription, up to $100 per prescription. 

“This program will provide critical relief to people who have been impacted by sky-high insulin prices,” District 2 Councilmember McKee-Rodriguez said. "I’m grateful to Councilmember Rocha Garcia for partnering on this proposal to bring tangible and direct support to those who need it most. 

“Residents of our community face some of the greatest health disparities in the city, further exacerbated by the lack of access to quality, healthy, affordable food items, green space, and health services. This leads to poor health outcomes including higher rates of chronic illnesses and conditions, such as diabetes.

“Our office has received calls from residents making the difficult choice between rent and utilities, groceries, and medications like insulin. This program will provide emergency life-saving support for those most in need and we are happy to have been a champion for this issue.”