St. Paul, MN (Learfield News Service) - Minnesota Republicans are taking credit after another health insurer slashes insulin costs for customers.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota announced Thursday that insulin would be available to thousands of its members at no charge next year.

Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka said the change is made possible "through reforms from the Republican-led Senate to stabilize the insurance market." The GOP pushed through reinsurance to pay health plans to help hold down insurance premiums.

The move by Blue Cross Blue Shield follows earlier action by Medica and UCare to cap monthly out-of-pocket costs for insulin at 25 dollars.