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(St. Paul MN-) Minnesotans with diabetes who can't afford their insulin can now get an emergency 30-day supply from their pharmacy for no more than 35 dollars. After many months of negotiations, Republicans and Democrats agreed in April on compromise legislation named after Alec Smith -- who died because he couldn't afford insulin. His mother, Nicole Smith-Holt said when Governor Tim Walz signed the bill into law, she felt Alec was watching. Insulin manufacturers must also maintain an ongoing long-term assistance program for qualifying people, or face multi-million-dollar fines. The drug companies are fighting the new law in court.