In Utah, A 38-Year-Old Man Died From Rationing His Insulin
Thom Roylance said his family was devastated to learn in 2018 that his 38-year-old son had passed away, alone in the garage he had been renting, due to rationing his insulin.
Roylance, a Lindon, Utah, resident, told KUTV he believes Thomas “Jordan” Roylance’s death was avoidable, had it not been so expensive to obtain the proper treatment for his Type 1 diabetes.
Jordan was diagnosed with the condition at the age of 15, Roylance said, and the family was unaware that he no longer had insurance to cover his insulin until it was too late.
“It was a Saturday night, got a knock on the door it was Lindon police officer..He says, ‘I hate to tell you but your son, Thomas, has passed away,” Roylance recounted to the local news station. “I think there’s no question my son could still be alive if insulin had been readily available,” he said.
A bill that passed the Utah state House’s Health and Human Services Committee on Thursday could change the situation for diabetics in the state going forward.
House Bill 207, sponsored by Rep. Norm Thurston (R-Provo) and on its way to a vote in the full House, “looks to cap insulin co-pays at $30 and increases the number of days for which a prescription can be refilled,” KUTV reported.
Roylance hopes other families will be spared what his own son and family experienced if the bill becomes law.
“We have the ability to save people,” he said.