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 […]

Announcing the 2018 Policy Training Meeting Attendees!

We are pleased to announce the attendees for the Fall 2018 Policy Training Meeting in Washington, DC!

These individuals will be attending an in-depth issue advocacy training and representing DPAC on October 1st for a joint day advocating on Capitol Hill along with medical professionals from the Endocrine […]

Show Your Support on Gag Clause Legislation to the Senate HELP Committee


The Senate HELP (Health, Education, Labor & Pensions) Committee will meet at 10am on Wednesday, July 25th to vote on legislation outlawing gag clauses which prevents pharmacists from telling you if a prescription drug you are picking up may cost less if you pay […]

CVS Caremark Formulary Change Makes Many Patients Switch Medications

CVS Caremark, a pharmacy benefit manager for many insurance plans, has changed its formulary as of July 1. The change comes in the middle of the year, when policyholders have no opportunity to choose a different insurance plan that may cover the drug or supply they use. […]

DPAC and Lions Clubs International Announce New Partnership!

DPAC and Lions Clubs International (LCI) are proud to announce a new collaborative partnership!

DPAC and LCI have signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on bringing diabetes policy issues to the U.S. national agenda.

Lions Clubs International held a Centennial Celebration in 2017-2018, and as part of that celebration announced […]

H.R. 5768 and S. 6633 Increase Access to Diabetes Self-Management Training!

On May 10th, Reps. Reed and DeGette introduced the “Expanding Access to Diabetes Self-Management Training Act” (H.R. 5768) to Congress. The Senate followed with S. 6633, introduced by Senators Shaheen and Collins, on August 22nd. These bills would provide avenues for people with diabetes to receive […]

ANNOUNCEMENT: DPAC Policy Training Meeting Applications Accepted

DPAC is now accepting applications for the inaugural DPAC Policy Training Meeting, which will take place in Washington, D.C. from September 29 to October 1, 2018. Individuals impacted by diabetes who have a passion for policy advocacy and wish to have advanced training are