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Why I Advocate: Erin Bubb

Why I Advocate: Erin Bubb

I have worked in healthcare for over a decade in administrative and clinical roles. I have had years of training navigating insurance, and the ins-and-outs of how medical practices work.

This training also helped me recognize something wasn’t […]

Guest Blog! Advocating with DPAC’s Champions

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on Stephen’s wonderful blog, happy-medium.net. Stephen applied for and was invited to DPAC’s inaugural Policy Training Meeting and following Hill Day with the Endocrine Society. We were extremely happy to have him, and his account here shows how thoughtful and passionate […]

Congressional Diabetes Caucus Releases Report on Insulin

On November 1, the Congressional Diabetes Caucus released its long-awaited report on the insulin supply chain. Rep. Diana DeGette and Rep. Tom Reed, the co-chairs of the Caucus, have been conducting a  bipartisan inquiry into the rising patient cost of insulin for more than a year. […]

Help Fee-For-Service Medicare Beneficiaries Access Eye Exams

Medicare has covered an annual diabetic eye exam by an optometrist or ophthalmologist since 2002. Unfortunately, most people with diabetes do not get that exam because it requires them to make and attend an extra doctor visit. Now, there’s a way to get that annual exam in […]

Californians: Ask CCS to Return CGMs to Kids with Diabetes!

California Children’s Services (CCS) has made a policy change to reflect the current Medicare coding process for CGM at a significantly lower reimbursement rate, which will kick thousands of kids with diabetes off their CGMs. CCS made this policy change without asking for public comment or making […]

Why I Advocate: Vikki Riggle

Why I Advocate: Vickie Riggle

I’m Vikki Riggle, a Type 1 diabetic diagnosed late in life, at age 41.  People are quick to tell me that I’m mistaken, that Type 1 is “juvenile” diabetes so I must have the other, adult-onset Type 2.  “Nope,” I tell them, “I’m […]

Why I Advocate: Lucy Trankina

Why I Advocate: Lucy Trankina

As a person with type 1 diabetes for almost 11 years, I have been advocating for myself for some time now. It is so reassuring to know DPAC is there for me too. I love the work DPAC does and want to help others […]

Proposed Medicare Competitive Bidding Program Rule Would Hurt Patients

Earlier in July, CMS released a proposed rule that makes some drastic changes to the Medicare Competitive Bidding Program (CBP). The CBP is flawed, and unfortunately the proposed rule that is meant to fix it would only make things worse for beneficiaries with diabetes.

What’s wrong with the CBP?

Congressional Diabetes Caucus Presses CMS on Testing Supply Accuracy

On August 27, the Congressional Diabetes Caucus sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Studies (CMS) asking them to respond to the Caucus’s earlier letter addressing the accuracy of diabetes testing supplies.

This letter isn’t the first one.

Why I Advocate: Laurel Garrison

Why I Advocate: Laurel Garrison

I lived to prevent other people from getting sick.  Then my toddler was diagnosed with a totally unpreventable, incurable illness. And my life was forever changed.

It was 2015.  I was enjoying a successful career as an epidemiologist at the Centers for […]