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PostSubject: Diabetes Funding Bill Introduced in Congress   Sun Oct 18, 2009 12:13 am

While Congress is largely focused on health care reform, a bipartisan bill (HR 3668) was introduced in the U.S. House two weeks ago that will continue two important programs to help stop and better manage diabetes.

The Special Diabetes Programs (SDP) provide funding for the "Special Statutory Funding Program for Type 1 Diabetes Research" at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the "Special Diabetes Program for Indians" at the Indian Health Service (IHS). The Special Diabetes Programs provides researchers the chance they need to carry out long-term research that can have an impact on thousands of lives. It also allows continued improvements in diabetes prevention and care in American Indian and Alaska Native communities, which could ultimately benefit all people with diabetes. Last year, with the support from our Diabetes Advocates, Congress voted to extend the Special Diabetes Programs through September 2011.

The current bill would continue the programs through 2016 and increase funding for both programs to $200 million (up from $150 million each year). The bill was introduced by the co-chairs of the Congressional Diabetes Caucus, Representatives Diana DeGette (D-CO) and Mike Castle (R-DE), and the co-chairs of the Congressional Native American Caucus, Representatives Dale Kildee (D-MI) and Tom Cole (R-CA).

We expect more action on this issue to occur early next year, and the American Diabetes Association will keep you informed as this moves through Congress.
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PostSubject: Re: Diabetes Funding Bill Introduced in Congress   Fri Oct 30, 2009 6:57 pm

This month Congress took one step closer to making changes to the health care system that can have a real benefit for people with diabetes. Draft health care reform bills have now passed through the committee process in both the House and the Senate.

The next step is for the Senate to combine its versions of health care reform legislation into one bill and vote on it, and for the House of Representatives to do the same. Please join me in sending a strong message that the time for health reform that considers the needs of people with diabetes is now.

We all need to contact our Members of Congress and ask them to pass health reform that is meaningful and affordable for people with diabetes.

The American Diabetes Association is meeting with Members of Congress and their staff every day, fighting to make sure that health care reform meets the needs of people with diabetes. Where we stand on health care reform is simple:

* People with diabetes should not be denied health insurance coverage, lose their coverage, or have to pay higher premiums because of their health status.
* Health insurance must include essential health care services for people with diabetes and reasonable limits on annual out-of-pocket costs to protect people with diabetes from financial hardship as a result of accessing critical care.
* Health reform must also move our country forward in preventing diabetes.

The bottom line: People with, and at risk for, diabetes, need access to the tools to prevent diabetes and its devastating complications such as blindness, kidney failure, heart disease, and amputation.

Please ask your Members of Congress to ensure that health care reform meets the needs of people with diabetes.

Together, we can make a huge difference in the future health of people with diabetes.

Sincerely,

George Huntley
Chair, American Diabetes Association

American Diabetes Association Home | Contact Us | Donate Now

The American Diabetes Association is the nation's leading 501(c)3 nonprofit charity providing diabetes research, information and advocacy.

You can contact the American Diabetes Association at:

1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383)

or

American Diabetes Association
ATTN: National Call Center
1701 North Beauregard Street
Alexandria, VA 22311
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