Medicare, Dexcom G5, & Smartphone Access: Who’s to Blame and What Can We Do?

Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) is life-saving technology for people with diabetes. The ability to view glucose trending data and set alarms to prevent dangerous high and low blood glucose levels has changed the way many of us manage our diabetes.

What’s The Latest on The Hill for Diabetes Healthcare?

The Senate has until September 30, 2017 to decide on the latest round of repeals and replacements of the Affordable Care Act. Over the past several months, plans have been floated that would have caused our diabetes community (and anyone […]

CALIFORNIA ACT NOW: Tell Gov. Brown to Support and Sign AB 447

AB 447 would authorize Medi-CAL to cover continuous glucose monitors (CGM) as ‘medically necessary’ and end the disparity of access compared to all major private health plans in California that offer CGM.

Every major commercial health plan in California […]

How to Rock Diabetes Advocacy at Town Hall Meetings

Time for Recess! (And That Means Town Halls!)

Now that summer is in full swing, just like for students, Congress has a long recess out of Washington. With this Congressional session wrapping up, representatives have flown out of D.C. and back to […]

Bills-to-Laws: Changing Federal Diabetes Health Policy

We’ve all seen the SchoolHouse Rock video. (If you haven’t…)

We wish it were as simple as a cartoon, but it’s not.

The bills-to-laws process is a vital part of policy-making and policy changing within the U.S. government. However, the legislative branch of the Congress, consisting of the House of […]

Says Who: Who Is Involved in Policy-Making Regarding Diabetes

healthcareOf all the trillions of dollars the United States spends each year, almost 30% of federal spending goes towards healthcare. Medicare and health spending occupies a huge slice of the “budget pie.” Time and time again, administrations make promises and […]

Learning the Language of Policy Advocacy

languageThere is one language more universal than any other. It is not Mandarin Chinese, English, or Spanish. This language holds no strange pronunciations or syntactical rules that leave new language learners scratching their heads. Rather, it is accessible to everyone who […]

Trusted Blood Glucose Meters and Medicare’s CBP: Let’s Fix This

The Medicare system can be a whole new world for people with diabetes. Lots of changes, but some things should not change: the blood glucose meter that your medical professional recommends to you and one that you know how to use – and trust.

The CEO of DPAC, Christel Marchand […]

Why is Medicare Paying For Failed Blood Glucose Monitoring Systems?

# FAIL

Fail

Let’s cut to the chase, shall we? 

A few years ago, Medicare, in an effort to save money, decided to roll out a nationwide mail order program for diabetes blood glucose testing supplies. DPAC has been providing data and […]

Empowering Every Generation: You’re Qualified

The Diabetes Patient Advocacy Coalition welcomes Hannah McDaniel as our newest employee. As a DPAC Associate, she’ll help explain the policy issues impacting our community and share ways to raise our patient voices. Hannah is currently studying at Duke University. 


Hannah McDaniel