September 5, 2011
In honor of back-to-school season and Labor Day, I wanted to share a recent victory for Oklahoma school bus drivers. In January of 2011, we were contacted by an Oklahoma music teacher/school bus driver. After
teaching music at his local school, he would do his normal bus route, and then, when there were music events across the state, he would take his students. A retired Air Force Veteran, he was excited to find this
teaching career. That year, he needed to go on insulin to adequately treat his diabetes. As a result, the school fired him from his driving job (although he was fortunately able to continue teaching). After doing some
research, it became apparent that Oklahoma was one of the very few states left that had a ban on people with insulin from being school bus drivers. It was a clear ban—even if a person had an approved Federal
Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) diabetes exemption, the person was still banned from being a school bus driver (as well as passenger and haz mat driver).
The Oklahoma ban had two sources: OK Department of Education regulations and OK Department of Public Safety. So, for the ban to be changed, both regulations would need to be changed. The driver was able
to put me in touch with John Mahoney, Associate General Counsel at the Oklahoma Education Association. With John’s assistance, and with pressure from the EEOC where a complaint was pending, we were able to
convince the Department of Education and the Department of Public Safety to change their regulations to eliminate this ban. The DoE has put in place an evaluation and monitoring protocol for school bus drivers
who use insulin, incorporating many of our suggested revisions to the initial proposed protocol.
DPS has also removed their ban on insulin use for haz mat, passenger, and school bus drivers. No doubt they were influenced to do this in part because we pointed out to them that the Department of Justice forced
both Arizona and North Carolina to get rid of their similar blanket exclusions, http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/know-your-rights/discrimination/employment-discrimination/commercial-drivers-and-diabetes-
The DOE regulations became effective on 6/26/2012 and the DPS regulations became effective on 7/1/2012. While the music teacher is not sure if he will seek to be a school bus driver again, we’re very happy that
both DPS and DOE chose to make these important changes to their regulations, changes that will benefit many drivers going forward. Thanks also to the local Oklahoma staff and everyone who helped to make
these changes possible.
You can see more information on diabetes and commercial driving at www.diabetes.org/cdl. We also have a new position statement on driving at: http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/35/Supplement_1/S81.full.
As always, feel free to contact us directly with any questions on this issue.
Director, Legal Advocate Program
American Diabetes Association
1701 North Beauregard Street
Alexandria, VA 22311
Tel: (800) 676-4065 ext. 1321
Fax: (703) 549-8748
August 10, 2012
I wanted to pass on news of a new case settlement by the United States Department of Justice and Baltimore County involving employees with disabilities and in particular those with diabetes who were
prevented from being hired into certain public safety jobs because of insulin-treated diabetes.
The case is U.S. v. Baltimore Co., Maryland and a court-decreed settlement was entered this week. The case involved allegations that the county improperly required employees to submit to medical examinations
and that the county had a practice of automatically disqualifying applicants with diabetes for EMT positions. The agreement contains strong protections for people with disabilities as well as strong training and
reporting requirements. Most pleasing to the ADA, it requires the county to stop automatically disqualifying applicants for public safety jobs who have insulin-treated diabetes.
You can read the consent decree here: http://www.ada.gov/baltimore_co_cd/baltimore_co_CD.htm
DOJ’s press release is available here: http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2012/August/12-crt-982.html
Kudos to plaintiffs’ attorney Kathleen Cahill and the strong civil rights champions at the Department of Justice for helping another large employer understand its obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act!
Managing Director, Legal Advocacy | American Diabetes Association
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July 25, 2012
Back to School Parent Advocacy Webinar
Welcome to parents/guardians of school-aged children with diabetes!
The American Diabetes Association is pleased to offer this free webinar - to help you learn how to ensure that your child with diabetes is both medically safe, and has the same educational opportunities as peers
Safe at School: Parent Advocacy Webinar
Tuesday, August 14th 8:00 PM ET
Registration for the live broadcast is limited.
However, free access to the recording will be available within 10 days of the broadcast at www.diabetes.org/safeatschool
Back to School! Parent Advocacy Webinar
You'll hear hear from two parents who've been there -
not only on behalf of their own children, but working with many other parents to help them keep their children safe at school!
•Free Live Broadcast
◦Tuesday, August 14th - 8:00 PM Eastern
(7 PM Central, 6 PM Mtn, 5 PM Pacific)
◦Registration for the live webinar is limited, so please do not register unless you can participate on August 14th.
•Can't make the live broadcast?
◦The recorded webinar will be posted within 10 days at www.diabetes.org/safeatschool
Expect to learn about:
•Safe at School campaign overview
•School diabetes care challenges
•Federal and state laws
•Developing a 504 plan & strategies to overcome challenges
•Key resources for families & schools
•Getting involved in Safe at School
To participate in the live webinar, you will need to pre-register, and will need both a phone and an internet connection at the time of the broadcast.
Participant phone lines will be muted during the webinar, but we welcome your questions! You can submit questions when you register now, or by typing in a chatbox during the live webinar.
April 13, 2011
FBI Blanket Ban on Insulin Dependent Agents ended!
This morning, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed (approved) the judgment in favor of Jeff Kapche against the FBI. As many of you know, the FBI had a policy banning as Special Agents anyone who
managed diabetes with insulin injections. The jury found that Jeff was a person protected from disability discrimination, qualified for the job of Special Agent and that the ban was not justified, and awarded him
compensatory damages. Dr. Jim Gavin, Dr. Des Schatz testified for Jeff, and Dr. Ralph DeFronzo assisted in the pre-trial preparation. After the trial, the FBI asked the judge to reverse the jury's verdict, and that
was denied, and then the FBI appealed the case saying Jeff didn’t qualify as a person with a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (this case was under the law before we got it amended), and the Court
of Appeals denied the appeal. Unfortunately, the trial judge refused to put Jeff in the job or award him the full relief to which Jeff was entitled, because of some grossly unfair tactics by the FBI and the court
regarding events that occurred long after FBI first discriminated against Jeff. The Court of Appeals also approved of this treatment, which disappointed us bitterly, for Jeff has been a paragon of professionalism and
honesty, and he has a big heart for all people with diabetes. He gave up ten years of his life to make a difference in the lives of others.
He has done that and more. This case ended the FBI's blanket ban, and it has led to wonderful changes at the State Department for young men and women with diabetes who want to serve their country as Foreign
Service Officers. They now can do so, and the first two are now serving in their first posts, one in Haiti and the other in Italy. And other agencies are in dialog with us about ending bans, so Jeff's work in this case,
and in the San Antonio case before, has made a tremendous difference in making the world better for people who want to excel in their work and don't want to be excluded because they have diabetes.
What a great family we are here at ADA, volunteers and staff, lawyers and health care professionals, all dedicated with remarkable energy, toward improvaing the lives of all people affected by diabetes. So while we
are disappointed at the gross inadequacy of Jeff's recovery, we are so pleased at the difference he has made.
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March 27 is Diabetes Alert Day
24TH ANNUAL AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION ALERT DAY® 2012
What is American Diabetes Association Alert Day?
The American Diabetes Association Alert Day, which is held every fourth Tuesday in March, is a one-day, “wake-up call” asking the American public to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for
developing type 2 diabetes.
This year, we’ll be encouraging people to take a new and improved risk test by driving them to Facebook where they can also ask questions, engage with our community and share the test with friends and loved
ones. The test has been updated with a new algorithm adjusted to align with a more contemporary and accurate scoring system that enables the general public to better assess their risk for type 2 diabetes.
In addition to making the test easier to take and hosting it on a friendlier platform like Facebook, we’re also adding motivational incentives for people to not only take the test but to share it with their social networks.
To that end, the tagline for our 24th Annual American Diabetes Association Alert Day will be “Take it. Share it.”
Why is Alert Day important?
Diabetes is a serious disease that strikes nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States, and a quarter of them—7 million—do not even know they have it. An additional 79 million, or one in three American
adults, have prediabetes, which puts them at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Unfortunately, diagnosis often comes 7 to 10 years after the onset of the disease, after disabling and even deadly complications
have had time to develop. Therefore, early diagnosis is critical to successful treatment and delaying or preventing some of its complications such as heart disease, blindness, kidney disease, stroke, amputation and
The Association has made a strong commitment to primary prevention of type 2 diabetes by increasing awareness of prediabetes and actively engaging individuals in preventative behaviors like weight loss, physical
activity and healthful eating. Alert Day is a singular moment in time in which we can raise awareness and prompt action among the general public – particularly those at risk.
Who should participate in Alert Day?
Everyone should be aware of the risk factors for type 2 diabetes. People who are overweight, under active (living a sedentary lifestyle) and over the age of 45 should consider themselves at risk for the disease.
African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders and people who have a family history of the disease also are at an increased risk for type 2 diabetes. Studies have shown
that type 2 diabetes can often be prevented or delayed by losing just 7% of body weight (such as 15 pounds if you weigh 200) through regular physical activity (30 minutes a day, five days a week) and healthy
eating. By understanding your risk, you can take the necessary steps to help prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes.
What will happen on American Diabetes Alert Day 2012?
For 24 years, the American Diabetes Association has set aside one special day for people to learn if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is a growing epidemic in the United States, but it
can be controlled with knowledge and healthy behavior. In 2011, the Association encouraged Americans to “Join the Million Challenge” and more than 600,000 people took the Diabetes Risk Test. On March, 27,
2012, the Association will aim to top that number, inspiring people to take the all-new Diabetes Risk Test, as well as to share the test with everyone they care about - friends, family members and colleagues. With
each person that takes the test and knows their risk, the Association is that much closer to stopping diabetes.
The new Diabetes Risk Test asks users to answer simple questions about weight, age, family history and other potential risks for prediabetes or type 2 diabetes. Preventative tips are provided for everyone who
takes the test, including encouraging those at high risk to talk with their health care provider.
How does one obtain the Association's Diabetes Risk Test and additional information?
You can be part of the movement to Stop Diabetes® and get your free Diabetes Risk Test (English or Spanish) by visiting us on Facebook, stopdiabetes.com or by calling 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383).
Although Alert Day is a one-day event, the Diabetes Risk Test is available year-round.
Who is the primary target audience?
Americans with prediabetes
There are an estimated 79 million, or one in three American adults, who have prediabetes. Those with prediabetes have blood glucose (sugar) higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed with type 2
diabetes. Early intervention via lifestyle changes such as weight loss and increased physical activity can help delay or prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes.
Americans with undiagnosed diabetes
The following segments of the population are at greater risk for having undiagnosed diabetes:
Older Americans: As people grow older, they are at an increased risk for developing diabetes. One out of every four Americans 65 and older has diabetes. High risk ethnic populations: African Americans,
Hispanic/Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
The Mission of the American Diabetes Association is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.
Diabetes Information call 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or online www.stopdiabetes.com
Statement from L. Hunter Limbaugh, Chair of the Board of the American Diabetes Association, Regarding the Obama Administration’s Fiscal Year 2013 Budget
Alexandria, VA (February 13, 2012) – The American Diabetes Association (Association) is concerned that funding for core discretionary and mandatory health programs included in the President’s Fiscal Year (FY)
2013 Budget falls far short of the investment needed to stop the diabetes epidemic.
Nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes and 79 million have prediabetes, placing them at increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The total annual cost of diabetes and its complications, including
undiagnosed diabetes, prediabetes and gestational diabetes was an estimated $218 billion in 2007, and will grow exponentially unless we act. Although we appreciate our country’s difficult fiscal situation, now is not
the time to decrease funding for, or make structural changes to, programs that provide a lifeline to individuals living with, or at risk for diabetes.
The Association is concerned that the Administration’s Budget does not provide adequate resources to continue the nation’s investment in diabetes prevention and research at National Institutes of Health (NIH) and
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), both of which are critically important to addressing the diabetes epidemic.
The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) at the NIH is leading the way in supporting researchers across the country who are engaged in studies that will move us closer to a cure
and better treatments for diabetes. The Association is concerned that the decreased level of funding that the President has proposed for the NIDDK will slow or halt promising research work that would allow
individuals with the disease to live healthier, more productive lives.
The Association is also disappointed that the President’s FY 2013 Budget does not provide adequate funding for valuable diabetes prevention efforts at the Division of Diabetes Translation (DDT) at the CDC.
Additionally, the President’s Budget includes a proposal to combine some chronic disease programs – including the DDT – at CDC. While the Association welcomes more coordination at CDC, in this challenging
budget environment we caution that without substantial resources, it is imprudent to move forward with chronic disease consolidation at the agency. The DDT’s ability to help people avoid diabetes and its
devastating complications in every state and territory would be severely reduced under the proposal to consolidate chronic disease programs included in the Budget.
In addition, the Association is concerned about provisions in the Budget that affect important mandatory programs. The President’s Budget includes harmful cuts to Medicaid and Medicare, programs that provide
essential access to care for more than 14 million children and adults with diabetes. The Association is particularly alarmed by proposals to shift additional costs to beneficiaries and states and restructure certain
Medicaid and Medicare services because these kinds of drastic changes will limit access for low-income and older Americans and lead to a deterioration in state Medicaid programs, Medicare and public health.
Included in the President’s FY 2013 budget are proposals to increase cost-sharing for many Medicare beneficiaries. The Association notes that in 2006, one in four Medicare beneficiaries spent 30 percent or more
of annual income on health expenses and nearly seven in ten Medicare enrollees spent 10 percent of their income on health expenses. Considering that
half of all Medicare beneficiaries have incomes of $22,500 of less in 2012,1 it’s clear that Medicare beneficiaries already pay their fair share and additional cost burdens must not be placed on those who are already
spending a substantial percentage of their income on health expenses.
The Association strongly supports funding for the Prevention and Public Health Fund (Fund) which provides an unprecedented opportunity to invest in public health efforts to prevent and detect costly and life-
threatening diseases like diabetes. We are disappointed to see the Fund has been cut in the FY 2013 budget and view it as a dangerous step backwards in our progress to prevent disease, promote wellness and
reduce healthcare costs.
The 105 million children and adults with diabetes and prediabetes are counting on these programs to help treat, prevent, and cure diabetes and its complications. As the FY 2013 budget and appropriations process
begins, we look forward to working with the Administration and Members of Congress to Stop Diabetes® and combat the explosive growth in the financial and human tolls of diabetes.
The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to Stop Diabetes and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage
diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, our mission is to prevent and
cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit www.diabetes.org.
Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.
American Diabetes Association Advocacy
Diabetes affects the lives of nearly 26 million children and adults in this country and another 79 million with prediabetes. If current trends continue, one in three children will face a future with diabetes. It’s a tragedy
that dose not have to happen. By working with Congress and State Legislators, we can stop the diabetes epidemic in America.
Our 2012 State and Federal Legislative Priorities.
Our advocates at work. See our 2011 Advocacy Accomplishments.
For more information about our State Legislative Priorities, download this brochure.
For more information about our Federal Legislative Priorities, download this brochure.
Access to Health Care
We are committed to expanding the number of people with diabetes who have insurance, and to ensuring that coverage is adequate, affordable and available.
Funding for Research and Programs
We are working to increase funding for diabetes research and programs at the federal and state levels.
We are committed to ending discrimination against children and adults with diabetes by providing information and assistance to people with diabetes and their advocates.
We are committed to supporting efforts to prevent diabetes and its complications.
We support legislation with the goal of eliminating health disparities and improving diabetes research, treatment and education in minority populations.
Imagine Emma, a six year old little girl with diabetes, going to school for the first time. She will learn how to read and write this year. Now imagine six year old Emma being unable to receive her insulin when she
needs it because the school doesn't have a trained staff person to help her administer it. It seems unbelievable, but this is the reality for many children with diabetes across America.
Children Are Being Placed in Life Threatening Situations
The American Diabetes Association’s Safe at School® program is dedicated to making sure all students with diabetes have the care they need to learn and be healthy. The Association works with schools across the
country, training parents, health care professionals, and school personnel to make sure children with diabetes have the care they need so that they are not placed in life threatening situations.
We Are Still Fighting to Keep Our Children Safe
We are making great progress in many states, such as Florida, where we worked to pass a law ensuring kids with diabetes get needed care in their neighborhood schools (see Jared’s story), But we are continuously
fighting for our children's safety in other states like California and Pennsylvania, where children's lives are placed at risk each and every day. We need your help with this important work to keep our children safe
and healthy at school.
Your Generosity Can Help
Please make a gift now to help children like Emma be protected at school. Your donation will help schools become safer places for all children with diabetes, allowing them to learn, and simply be children.
If you are a parent who needs help or would simply like to know more about the Safe at School program, please call us at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit us online at diabetes.org/SafeatSchool.
Thank you for your continued support,
Chief Executive Officer
American Diabetes Association
The American Diabetes Association Asks: Will You Raise Your Hand to Stop Diabetes®?
American Diabetes Month® Launches with Facebook-Based Initiative;
Diabetes Advocates are Recognized
This month, the American Diabetes Association launches its annual effort to raise the profile of diabetes with its boldest, most extensive program of the past 35 years. From outspoken
advocates and community leaders to medical professionals and celebrities who battle this disease every day, the Association will document how the disease affects the lives of millions of
Americans and will recognize individuals who are furthering the organization’s movement to Stop Diabetes. The Facebook-based effort also asks people to “Raise their Hand to Stop Diabetes”
by making a personal pledge to take action against this deadly disease.
With nearly 26 million children and adults in the U.S. with the disease and an additional 79 million at risk for type 2 diabetes, diabetes has reached epidemic proportions. Recent estimates
project that as many as 1 in 3 American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless we take steps to Stop Diabetes. As Larry Hausner, CEO, American Diabetes Association explains, “It’s time to
magnify the presence diabetes holds in the overall American consciousness.”
While the Association has plans to highlight compelling content throughout the month, this week its focus is on those who dedicate their time to advocate for the rights of individuals with
diabetes. Featured Stop Diabetes advocates include:
Jeff Kapche who paved the way for fair treatment of workers with diabetes, first ending a blanket ban that said no one with diabetes need apply at his local police department and then taking
on the FBI.
Madi Dodge, the Association’s 2011 National Youth Advocate, who travels the country to discuss the challenges she faces as a young person living with type 1 and the essential role of
Diabetes Advocates in stopping diabetes.
Francisco Prieto, M.D. who fights for safety and fairness for children with diabetes through the Association’s Safe at School Campaign. He meets with government officials, health
organizations, and the media to talk about the dire situation of California students who don’t have access to insulin at school.
If you’re looking for more information on American Diabetes Month, advocates or the latest diabetes facts, research and stats, please contact Colleen Fogarty at email@example.com or (703)
549-1500 ext. 2146 or Kayla Gorski at firstname.lastname@example.org or (617) 226-9926.
US Navy sets a new course concerning diabetes!
I wanted to pass along some really good news regarding an outcome achieved yesterday with the Navy. A young woman ADA has been helping, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes this
past winter in the middle of her first year as a midshipman at the Naval Academy, was told she would have to leave the Academy because of her diagnosis. Yesterday we were informed that
she has been found fit for duty and would be permitted to stay at the Academy to finish her education, without the need for an in-person formal medical board. The three-person board found
that her petition for reconsideration warranted deviation from the Initial Physical Evaluation Board’s findings and that she was fit for continued Naval service. Like all midshipman, she will
have to face a commissioning physical during her junior/senior year, and at that point she will likely be similarly positioned to argue that her diabetes poses no barriers to her service.
This is an astonishing result, given how readily the military kicks out people with diabetes, how antiquated their diabetes standards and perceptions are, and how hard it was going to be to
convince the Naval Academy to give this woman a chance – free education and all – after she had completed just one year of school with no promise that she could be commissioned at the
end. Her JAG lawyer filed the petition for reconsideration as a matter of course, and not because he expected this result.
This woman had put together a really strong package of information that she submitted in advance to the board members, including information about her diabetes, her first year
commendations, and information about other people with diabetes who have met the challenge of the military and high-level athletics. We had two physicians lined up to testify on her behalf –
an endocrinologist from Georgetown and her treating endocrinologist from the Naval Medical Center – but very little in writing from them because we all felt their in-person testimony would be
Although these medical board decisions do not create legal precedence in the traditional sense, I think this could be instructive for future cases, and filing a petition for reconsideration with
strong documentation could make a real difference.
National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities Agreement Signed
I am thrilled to announce that the American Diabetes Association, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Office of the Secretary (OS), and the Office of Minority Health (OMH)
have agreed to co-sponsor the National Partnership for Action (NPA) to End Health Disparities in an effort to reduce the incidence of amputations due to diabetes and their disparate impact on
socially and economically disadvantaged populations.
Major lower extremity amputations due to diabetes are more common in men, specifically African Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans. While this may in part be due to differences in risk-
factor control in different populations, research has shown that medical care disparities play a significant role. The three-year co-sponsorship agreement aims to attain the following key goals:
• Increase diabetes awareness of preventive self-care behaviors through targeted community awareness and patient education programs.
• Increase the knowledge and skills of primary care providers to provide appropriate counseling and early treatment of minor foot problems.
• Increase access to foot care specialists and proper footwear.
• Ensure access to and adequate coverage for foot-conserving treatments.
• Give appropriate attention to risk factor control (blood glucose, blood pressure, lipids, tobacco cessation) to prevent amputations and other diabetes-related complications.
On a broader level, the NPA seeks to 1) improve awareness about health disparities; 2) broaden and strengthen leadership for addressing health disparities at all levels and across sectors; 3)
improve health care and health system experience for racial and ethnic minorities; 4) improve cultural and linguistic competency; and 5) improve the use of research, data, and evaluation
Implementing the NPA
As part of the three-year agreement, the Office of Minority Health (OMH) and the American Diabetes Association will collaborate on and partake in various promotional and educational activities.
OMH will engage the American Diabetes Association in NPA activities; share tools, programs, and information sources to help develop publications and products that support the Association's
information needs; establish a link on the NPA website to diabetes.org providing information on factors contributing to health disparities in those who have diabetes and best practices that
may improve outcomes for racial, ethnic and underserved populations; include the Association in opportunities to work with national organizations; help develop/enhance regional and national
metrics around diabetes-related foot care; and include the Association as a co-sponsor of OMH national leadership summits as well as regional meetings/initiatives.
The American Diabetes Association will include a goal to reduce disparities in amputations in our 2012-2015 Strategic Plan; craft appropriate messaging to communities and people with
diabetes featuring specifics steps they can take to 'stay on their own two feet' including web content, brochures and PSAs; advocate for access and coverage for prevention of foot ulcers
through implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; and advocate for access and coverage for foot-conserving therapy for major foot problems; expand implementation
of our community program modules that focus on foot care such as 'Just a Touch' (Live Empowered) and 'Stay in Touch' (Por tu Familia); include amputation prevention in the Association's
professional education offerings; highlight amputation prevention at professional conferences; work with quality of care organizations toward performance measures around lower extremity
amputation prevention; and incorporate Association foot screening/risk assessment guidelines into Clinical Decision Support (CDS) tools for use in electronic health records and point of care
Many thanks to Larry Hausner, CEO, for his crucial leadership role in supporting and executing this agreement. Other staff involved included: Sue Kirkman, M.D., SVP, Medical Affairs &
Community Information and Acting Chief Medical Officer, (who played a significant role in developing the agreement’s core scientific deliverables); Shereen Arent, EVP, Government Affairs &
Advocacy; Paulina Duker, Managing Director, Scientific and Medical; Regan Minners, Director, Prevention Initiatives; Christine Feheley, Managing Director, Communications; Andrea Maddox-
Smith, SVP, Key Market East/Field Programs; and Lois Witkop, SVP, Marketing Communications.
This agreement marks a critical step in the Association's ongoing efforts to address and eliminate health disparities and improve diabetes research, treatment and education in minority
populations. After the tactical components are finalized, additional information will be provided regarding how your market may get involved in some of the above mentioned activities. In the
interim, if you have any questions, please contact me at email@example.com or ext. 2040.
Vice President, High Risk Programs & Health Disparities and Special Liaison for Diversity
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced historic new guidelines yesterday that will ensure women receive screening for GDM during pregnancy with no cost sharing.
As part of the Affordable Care Act, the Committee on Preventive Services for Women was convened by the Institute of Medicine and tasked with identifying gaps in screenings and services for
women that should be considered in the development of comprehensive guidelines for preventive services for women. In March 2011, Dr. Sue Kirkman, Senior Vice President of Medical
Affairs and Community Information at the American Diabetes Association, testified before the Committee and urged them to include screening for GDM in their comprehensive guidelines.
The Committee issued their final report which included eight specific recommendations on July 19th. The recommendation adopted by HHS requires screening for GDM in pregnant women
between 24 and 28 weeks of gestation and at the first prenatal visit for pregnant women identified to be at high risk for diabetes. Coverage for GDM screening with no cost sharing will be
required for new health plans with plan years beginning on or after August 1, 2012. Today’s decision ensures that millions of American women will have coverage for this important screening
which will help both mother and child receive proper early treatment for gestational diabetes, prediabetes, and type 2 diabetes.
Improving public health research and surveillance of GDM is an important priority for the Association. In June 2011, we co-hosted an educational briefing on Capitol Hill with the American
Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and Quest Diagnostics. The briefing was held in conjunction with the reintroduction of the “Gestational Diabetes Act of 2011” sponsored
by Representatives Eliot Engel (D-NY) and Michael Burgess (R-TX) and Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Susan Collins (R-ME). The legislation seeks to reduce the incidence of GDM and
provides for the development of a multisite gestational diabetes research project within the diabetes program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which will track mothers
who have had GDM and support prevention programs to keep these women from developing type 2 diabetes later in life. These two efforts combined, the HHS decision and the GDM
legislation, go a long way in our efforts.
For additional information
HHS Gestational Diabetes Press Release
IOM Committee Report
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