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 covers CGM. They recognize the value of CGM in improving outcomes and lowering the total cost of treating this horrible disease. Medicaid programs in forty states recognize the value of CGM and provide access for high-risk diabetic patients.
This bill has had bipartisan support and has sailed through committees and the California Assembly, largely in part of the emails and tweets of our community. It’s now sitting on Governor Brown’s desk. Asking for his support is the final step into ensuring AB 447 becomes law.
[bctt tweet=”California #DOC: Ask Gov. Brown to sign/support AB 447 http://bit.ly/2xEs2uk” username=”DiabetesPAC”]
Utilization of CGM will not “break the budget” – only a small portion all diabetics will meet the strict clinical guidelines for CGM use. The investment in CGM will pay for itself many times over in reducing severe and costly complications.
If you are a citizen in the state of California, here’s your opportunity to speak up to Gov. Jerry Brown, asking him to sign AB 447 into law and support the diabetes community in California on Medi-Cal.