Watch with Us: Congress Hears from Patients about Affordable Drug Pricing

This week, both the House and Senate will tackle the issue of drug pricing- and they’ll be hearing from patients. In a House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee hearing on Wednesday morning at 10am, officials will hear testimony on […]

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 […]

Playing Policy Advocacy at Recess

Congress is coming home from Washington for a break – or a recess. The House calls it a “District Work Period.” Your Representative may be having a town hall or other public event to connect with constituents. If so, it is an excellent opportunity to share your views on diabetes […]

Happy Birthday, 115th Congress!

Every two years, a new Congress convenes, after a completely new House of Representatives and several new Senate members are selected to represent us. On January 3, 2017, the 115th Congress will convene at noon and will decide on bills, resolutions, and weigh […]

This Election is Over. Now What?

This was an interesting election year, was it not?


34 of the 100 seats in the Senate were up for grabs.


All 435 seats in the House of Representatives were in play for the election. (Musical chairs, anyone?)


Regardless of your political affiliation, the nail biter evening brought surprises for many. Now […]

Lexicon for Diabetes Policy Advocacy


Diabetes Policy Advocacy Lexicon

Who has time to learn all the definitions of governmental advocacy? We do and so do you! With this simple lexicon, we’re sharing what you need to know to take action today!

Act: Legislation that is proposed that is comprised of many components. A few diabetes […]

Get Personal with Policy Makers

While facts and figures are important when you are talking with policy makers, nothing is more powerful than a personal story. Real life stories help representatives know how their actions directly impact their constituents.

How Can You Get Personal?

Daily Life

Explain what your daily life is like living with diabetes. You may […]

Important People in Your Elected Official’s Office

One of the important efforts in diabetes advocacy is setting up time to meet with your elected officials. It is also important to understand who the key people are in the office. The staff that works in the office are the ones who can directly communicate with your elected official.

The […]

May Thank You Tweets

Say Thanks!

DPACActNowBubbleIt is good manners to say thanks when an elected officials co-sponsor bills that help people with diabetes. It also helps them know we are paying attention.

Here’s a list of people who have recently co-sponsored a bill this month. […]

Thank You

Say Thanks!

DPACActNowBubbleAll of our efforts of reaching out to our elected officials to ask them to sponsor or co-sponsor bills that help people with diabetes matter. So does saying Thanks when they actually do it.

This list below is an on-going […]