Written by: Deborah Colby, MEd, RD, LD, CDE
- House Diabetes Caucus Co-Chairs Diana DeGette (D-CO) and Tom Reed (R-NY) led a letter to the House Appropriations Committee requesting funding increases for diabetes prevention and research programs in NIH and the CDC for fiscal year 2022. The bipartisan letter was signed by more than 100 Members of Congress.
- Reps. Tom Rice (R-SC), Tom Reed (R-NY), Diana DeGette (D-CO), and G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) reintroduced the Promoting Responsible and Effective Virtual Experiences through Novel Technology to Deliver Improved Access and Better Engagement with Tested and Evidence-Based Strategies (PREVENT) Diabetes Act. The bill would include virtual suppliers in the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program to allow more people with diabetes to access it remotely.
- Arkansas, Colorado, and North Dakota took tremendous steps toward bridging equity gaps in health care by adding coverage for continuous glucose monitors to their Medicaid programs.
- The New York legislature passed the state budget, eliminating premiums for more than 400,000 New Yorkers enrolled in the state’s Essential Plan, which covers people who make too much to qualify for Medicaid but may be unable to afford an exchange plan.
- West Virginia voted to retain state funding for diabetes ed/prevention. New York’s legislature rejected a proposal to cut 20% from funding for obesity and diabetes prevention efforts and Washington’s governor approved legislation increasing access to free and reduced-price school meals.
- Alabama’s Governor and state legislature passed a bill to cap insulin co-pays for Alabamians on state-regulated health care plans.