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Thank You Arizona State Legislature!

Today, we’re sending a very big THANK YOU to the Arizona State Legislature for passing a budget that restores access to insulin pumps for adults with diabetes in the state’s Medicaid program. Until now, the Arizona Medicaid program included coverage for children with type 1 diabetes. However, once these children turned 21, they were no longer eligible for an insulin pump or supplies.

Thankfully, during the annual budget process, Rep. Heather Carter and Sen. Steve Pierce introduced amendments to the budget that would restore coverage for the adult Medicaid beneficiaries. The budget has now been approved by the House and Senate, and the Governor of Arizona is expected to sign it into law in the next few days.

Insulin pump therapy is clinically proven to provide better glucose control than multiple daily injections (i). Better glucose control reduces the risk of complications like eye, nerve, kidney and heart disease (ii), so we’re thrilled that this coverage has been restored.

A big thanks to all the legislators who stood up for people with diabetes. Also, thank you to Catherine Price, Bennet Dunlap, and many others who kept the diabetes online community up-to-date on the situation in Arizona over the last few weeks.

If you live in Arizona, please send your local state senator and representative a warm note of thanks. If you don’t live in Arizona, still take a moment to send some gratitude their way. It’s always good to recognize someone who has done something to help a fellow person with diabetes!

You can find their contact info here.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

– Medtronic Diabetes insulin infusion pumps, continuous glucose monitoring systems and associated components are limited to sale by or on the order of a physician and should only be used under the direction of a healthcare professional familiar with the risks associated with the use of these systems.
– Successful operation of the insulin infusion pumps and/or continuous glucose monitoring systems requires adequate vision and hearing to recognize alerts and alarms.

Medtronic Diabetes Insulin Infusion Pumps
– Insulin pump therapy is not recommended for individuals who are unable or unwilling to perform a minimum of four blood glucose tests per day.
– Insulin pumps use rapid-acting insulin. If your insulin delivery is interrupted for any reason, you must be prepared to replace the missed insulin immediately.

Please visit MedtronicDiabetes.com/isi for complete safety information.

i. Battelino T, Conget I, Olsen B, et al. The use and efficacy of continuous glucose monitoring in type 1 diabetes treated with insulin pump therapy: a randomized controlled trial. Diabetologia. 2012;55:3155-3162.

ii. The Diabetes Control and Complications Trial Research Group. The effect of intensive treatment of diabetes on the development and progression of long-term complications in insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus. N Engl J Med 1993; 329: 977-986.

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