CALIFORNIA: Tell Your State Legislators To Support AB 447

On April 25th, the California Assembly Health Committee will hold a hearing on AB 447.

AB 447 would authorize Medi-Cal to cover CGM as ‘medically necessary’ and end the disparity of access compared to all major private health plans in California […]

How To Convince Lawmakers to Keep Pre-Existing Condition Protections

The 2010 Affordable Care Act created many protections for people afflicted by diabetes, and perhaps none is more important than mandatory coverage for individuals with pre-existing conditions.  Today, the Republicans that run Congress and many state legislatures are working to repeal the Affordable Care Act.  Millions of Americans with […]

The ACA Repeal & Medicaid: What Would it Look Like For Patients with Diabetes?

President Obama’s signature legislation, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), has touched the lives of nearly every American. Over 20 million people are currently covered by a healthcare plan governed and facilitated by the Health Insurance Marketplaces (healthcare.gov), established by the ACA. […]

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 […]

Help the Senate HELP Committee

The current lack of coordination between three dozen federal agencies for diabetes programs is one item that can be fixed by the current 114th Congress.

The National Diabetes Clinical Care Commission Act (H.R.1192/S.586) would create a commission to help bring […]

This Election is Over. Now What?

This was an interesting election year, was it not?

Senate

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

House

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 […]

Riddle Me This, Batman…

Why the Competitive Bidding Program is FLAWED.

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Riddle me this, Batman…

If I’m a Durable Medical Equipment supplier and I want to bid on the diabetes testing supplies mail-order market, should I be allowed to do so if there are allegations that I violated […]

How Bidding Has Failed

Suspend Medicare’s Competitive Bidding Program (CBP) For Diabetes Testing Supplies

What is the Medicare Competitive Bidding Program?

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) launched the Competitive Bidding Program (CBP) in 2011 with the goal of reducing out-of-pocket expenses for Medicare beneficiaries and provide cost-savings to Medicare for certain durable […]