Now, more than ever, people living with diabetes need to come together to stand up for effective diabetes policy. Elected officials and regulatory agencies in federal and state governments affect our access to safe diabetes management. As patients and constituents, our voices need to be an ongoing part of the policy conversation. Diabetes advocacy is like diabetes care; both are long-term processes with no quick fixes. Diabetes is not "once and done," our advocacy can’t be either.
The Diabetes Patient Advocacy Coalition (DPAC) will make it easy to keep policy makers' attention on people with diabetes. DPAC will keep track of issues, opportunities and, when registered, how to contact officials. We will make it easy to advocate while giving you the opportunity to tell your own story.
DPAC is a non-partisan organization amplifying the diabetes patient voice to U.S. decision makers. DPAC focuses on safety, quality, and access to care. Current and upcoming advocacy efforts include:
ACT NOW: Tell your story of life with diabetes.
ACT NOW: Email state officials to assure safe glucose testing practices to prevent infection spreading in multi-patient settings.
ACT NOW:: Ask Congress to find the truth about Medicare's mail-order diabetes testing supply program.
- Coming: Calls for diabetes blood glucose testing systems to meet approved standards in post market analysis.
ACT NOW: Petition for congressional oversight of improved meter accuracy
- Coming: Campaign for coordination of agency actions on diabetes.
- Coming: Advocacy in support of artificial pancreas.
ACT NOW: Ask your Congress member to cosponsor the Medicare CGM Access Act of 2015.
ACT NOW: Ask Congress for broader access to diabetes education.
- Coming: CMS bidding reform to maintain access to quality products.