It’s a new year, a new Congress, and a new opportunity to provide Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) coverage for diabetes patients on Medicare!
As we told you last year, Medtronic is engaged in a coalition effort to support legislation that will expand coverage for diabetes therapies under Medicare. Right now, Medicare does not cover CGM devices, leaving seniors with diabetes without access to this technology. Among the most important goals of our advocacy and education efforts is to ensure that those entering the Medicare program at age 65 do not experience disruption in their diabetes management.
Since this is a new Congress, the legislation must be re-introduced in order to move through the legislative process. The House bill sponsors Reps. Tom Reed (R-NY), Diana DeGette (D-CO), and Ed Whitfield (R-KY) have re-introduced the Medicare CGM Access Act of 2015 today, H.R. 1427, and we expect the Senate sponsors, Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) to drop parallel legislation in the Senate imminently.
We need your help! Please contact your Member of Congress today, and urge them to co-sponsor the Medicare CGM Access Act of 2015!
You can find your members of Congress and easily contact them here.
For more background on the issue and last year’s legislative push, please visit How You can Advocate for CGM Coverage and Important Update on Medicare CGM Access Act.
We will keep you updated as we reach critical milestones in the legislative process, and provide you with information and tools to make your voice heard in the halls of Congress! Thank you for taking part in advocating for people with diabetes in support of this important issue. Stay tuned!
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