ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz has called on House Democratic and Senate Republican leaders to negotiate a compromise between their competing insulin affordability proposals so he can call a special session.

Walz said in a letter Tuesday to Democratic House Speaker Melissa Hortman and Republican Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka he’s encouraged by recent legislative hearings on the proposals.

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The Democratic governor urged them to call a conference committee. As soon as they negotiate a solution, he said, he’ll call a special session on emergency health care issues.

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The Senate GOP proposal calls for requiring drug manufacturers to provide free insulin for up to a year to diabetics whose income is low enough to qualify. House Democrats are focused on getting 90-day emergency insulin supplies to diabetics who can’t afford refills.

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