- Do you have DIABETES and PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE?
If your answer is YES...
- Does your health insurance cover everything you need to control your diabetes?
For example, does your health insurance cover:
- At least 10 hours of diabetes education in the first year, and then 2 hours each following year as needed.
- A blood glucose meter that is accurate and easy to use.
- Enough strips to use with your meter as recommended by your doctor.
- Medical nutrition therapy from a Registered Dietitian, so you can understand how foods affect your health, and to develop a flexible diabetes eating plan that is right for you.
- Insulin pens and pen needles, or an insulin pump, if your doctor has recommended it.
If your answer is NO...
Our Ohio State Representatives and Senators in Columbus need to hear from YOU!
Click HERE to locate your Representative or Senator
In the Ohio legislature, there is a bill, the Ohio Diabetes Cost Reduction Act (DCRA). In the Ohio House, the bill is HB 81, jointly sponsored by Representatives Boyd and Gardner.
If passed into law, the DCRA will require private health insurance to cover medically necessary diabetes education and supplies. Our Ohio Representatives and Senators need to hear from people who will benefit from this bill.
A coalition of organizations, including the Diabetes Association of Greater Cleveland (DAGC),concerned with diabetes and diabetes complications is working together to pass the DCRA.
If you have private health insurance that does not cover all of your diabetes needs, please contact DAGC. We can tell you more about the bill, and how you can help. We need people to call or write letters to their legislators, and people who are willing to speak at hearings. You can get involved in whatever way feels right for you.
Helen M. Dumski, RD, LD
Diabetes Association of Greater Cleveland (DAGC)