A Patient’s Perspective on Non-Medical Switching

Who’s in charge- your doctor

or your insurance company?

These are strange times, when we have to think about insurance companies and medical suppliers like they’re our doctors.

No, they aren’t. But don’t tell the insurers and suppliers that tend to act this way.

Using strong-arm language like “not […]

Pharmacy Benefit Managers

Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) Under Pressure

Most people get their insulin or other diabetes medication in one of two ways. Some buy their drugs directly from a pharmacy at list price (which can be extremely expensive). Most, however, will get their prescriptions paid for, at least […]

The Dangers of Associated Health Plans – and What You Can Do

Associated Health Plans

Remember the days before the Affordable Care Act?

Remember paying more than your neighbor for the same insurance coverage solely because you have diabetes?

Remember worrying that you might reach your insurance’s lifetime limit on coverage?

Well, those worries […]

Congress Asks: Why Can’t Seniors Have Accurate BG Meters?

Trusted versus Unknown

If you had a choice between using a trusted blood glucose meter that you know is accurate and one that you had never used before (and never heard of before) that you don’t know is accurate, which would you […]

Children with Diabetes May Lose CHIP Coverage


Click HERE to send a letter telling Congress to protect children with diabetes and fund CHIP!

The Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, provides health insurance for 8.9 million children from working families who […]

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 […]