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California to Hear Bill AB 447 to Authorize Medi-Cal to Cover CGM

At Medtronic, we know how valuable access to continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) can be. We’ve heard countless stories from patients about the changes it’s made to daily diabetes management and how it’s helped improve their lives. Because of this, Medtronic, as well as others have been trying to ensure CGM coverage for Medicaid recipients in states across the country. This includes California and on April 25, 2017, the California Assembly Health Committee will hear an important bill in Sacramento. The bill, AB 447, would authorize Medi-Cal to cover CGM as “medically necessary” and allow access like most major private health plans in California CGM is proven technology for people with diabetes who are unable to adequately control their blood glucose levels using finger-stick tests and are in jeopardy of incurring life-threatening complications.

What YOU Can Do

If you are a California resident, we urge you to communicate now with your state assemblymember and senator.  If you don’t know who your state legislators are, you can find them at this website by typing in your address: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/yourleg.html

Most importantly, communicate with members of the Assembly Health Committee who will hear AB 447 on April 25th. They will decide if the bill can move forward and be considered by the Assembly Appropriations Committee. Here’s a link to the Health Committee Members http://ahea.assembly.ca.gov/.

Reach Out Effectively

Office Visit: Schedule a meeting with your state legislator in their home district office.  Personal visits are the most effective way to convey your passion about the benefits of CGM to your legislator.

Personal Letters: Send a personalized letter on your letterhead that describes your experience (clinician, patient, caregiver) with diabetes, its debilitating and costly complications, and the benefits of CGM.  Personal letters have far more impact than emails.  You can also scan and send a letter electronically or fax it.

Do Not Send Form Letters! The talking points and sample letter provided below are examples of messaging for you, but please do not copy and paste into your letter.   Speak from your experience with diabetes.

Last Resort – Send an Email with your personal message of support for AB 447.

We at Medtronic Diabetes understand the importance of access to diabetes technology for people who live with diabetes. Let’s make our voices heard and make a difference!

LETTER FORMAT

Salutations to Legislators:

“The Honorable (First and last name),

State Capitol

Sacramento, CA  95814

 

“Dear Assemblymember (last name); or Dear Senator (last name):

Sample Introduction and Talking Points

I’m contacting you to urge your support for AB 447, legislation scheduled to be considered by the Assembly Health Committee on April 25th.   AB 447 would give high-risk patients living with diabetes on Medi-Cal the same access to the potentially life-saving benefits of Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) devices as patients enjoy in every major commercial health plan.

PLEASE DESCRIBE YOUR EXPERIENCE AND THE BENEFITS YOU’VE SEEN WITH CGM OVER FINGERSTICK TESTS ALONE OF BLOOD GLUCOSE – INTEGRATED WITH AN INSULIN PUMP OR STAND-ALONE CGM. AS A CLINICIAN, PATIENT OR CAREGIVER IN IMPROVING DIABETES MANAGEMENT AND OUTCOMES. 

 DESCRIBE SERIOUS COMPLICATIONS WITHOUT CGM AND HOW  PATIENT HEALTH IMPROVED WITH CGM.  

“REAL-LIFE”  EXAMPLES ARE POWERFUL IN COMMUNICATING CGM’S BENEFITS.

IF YOU ARE A MEDI-CAL PATIENT, CLINICIAN OR CAREGIVER AND HAVE SUFFERED FROM A LACK OF CGM, OR AN INTEGRATED CGM/INSULIN PUMP SYSTEM, PLEASE DESCRIBE HOW IT HAS NEGATIVELY AFFECTED YOUR HEALTH AND QUALITY OF LIFE.

 Click here for the link to download a PDF with detailed talking points and evidence to support CGM coverage by Medi-Cal.

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