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?



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

DPAC Statement on Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA)

As the patient voice for 29.1 million American families impacted by diabetes, the Diabetes Patient Advocacy Coalition (DPAC) strongly opposes the Senate’s healthcare bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA). We stand with many other organizations, including the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Heart […]

#Coverage2Control with JDRF


DPAC stands with JDRF as it launches its latest advocacy campaign #Coverage2Control, aimed at insurers.

Much like DPAC’s #diabetesaccessmatters campaign from last summer, the person with diabetes is the most important voice in the campaign. We are the ones […]

Congress has Cliques When It Comes to Healthcare

Cliques in Congress

Just like any large organization, you’ll find different factions in Congress that stick together on particular issues or ideology – and regardless of what you call them, they’re cliques. While some are obvious: Republicans and Democratic parties, others are less so, but still play an important part […]

Watch Me Whip, Watch Me No No – The Latest List for the ACA Repeal Vote

The Latest List of GOP members who need to hear from us.

In order for the latest American Health Care Act attempt (complete with the MacArthur amendment and supposedly minus the exemption of Congress members and their aides), the Republican party will […]