Category: Advocacy

Standing Together Against an Unhealthy #AHCA

The Facts Yesterday, the House passed a bill to repeal and replace the ACA (Obamacare). This is just one battle in the larger fight; the bill is not yet law, it still needs Senate review & approval. For more information, see articles (or 3-min audio clip below) covering the bill by The New York Times […]

Wealth Shouldn’t be a Requirement for Health

Without insulin, many people with diabetes (PWDs) would die. Its not a luxury item; its a necessity. Endocrinologist Dr. Silvio Inzucchi estimates in someone with 0% insulin production, theyll begin to fall ill within 12-24 hours after last insulin injection, depending on its duration of effectand mortal outcomes would likely occur within days to perhaps […]

What is a “Diabetes Advocate”?

Diabetes advocates see a problem in the diabetes space, and use their existing resources to help create a solution. We are passionate visionaries, disruptors, and change-makers. Anyone. Any experience level. Anywhere. The LobbyistIs passionate about making sure the voice of people with diabetes is heard, by contracting representatives about a bill, budget, or other legislation. […]

The issue: UnitedHealthcare insulin pump restrictions

As a community, we are committed to enhancing the lives of all individuals living with diabetes, which necessitates easy access to therapies and technologies. Making the healthy choice the easy choice is a key part of success with this condition and payers and governments can play an enabling role in that quest by following these […]

NCCIH presents “When Experts Disagree: The Art of Medical Decision Making”

What The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) will welcome acclaimed authors Jerome Groopman, M.D. and Pamela Hartzband, M.D. as featured speakers for the sixth annual Stephen E. Straus Distinguished Lecture in the Science of Complementary Health Therapies. The husband-and-wife team will present When Experts Disagree: The Art of Medical Decision Making. Dr. […]

Manny Hernandez, Co

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.,May 5, 2015/PRNewswire/ Manny Hernandez, a non-profit leader and advocate for people with diabetes, has joined Livongo Health as Senior Vice President, Member Experience. In this role he will ensure that Livongo for Diabetes is a seamless, easy-to-use, and successful experience for members. Manny will also foster and enhance relationships with employers, industry […]

Newt Gingrich: Double the N.I.H. Budget: NYT

In an op-ed piece in the New York Times the conservative former Speaker of the House calls for doubling the investment in NIH funding. ( In part he says: Unfortunately, since the end of the five-year effort that roughly doubled the N.I.H. budget by 2003, funding for the institutes has been flat. The N.I.H. budget […]

Special Diabetes Program Passed by Senate

Washington, D.C., April 15, 2015 The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly approved legislation last night for a two-year extension of the Special Diabetes Program (SDP)an initiative that accounts for roughly one-third of all Federally-funded type 1 diabetes (T1D) research in the United States. The decision comes on the heels of the strong bipartisan approval of the legislation […]

The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust award to extend impact of T1D Exchange

Three-year grant includes 2:1 matching program that could yield $1.25 million in new donations The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trusthas awardedUnitio$8.7 million to extend the reach and impact ofT1D Exchange, a nonprofit dedicated to mitigating barriers to research and improving outcomes for people living with type 1 diabetes (T1D). The three-year grant […]

Providing Timely Patient Access to High

Jeffrey Shuren, M.D., J.D. We know that patients with life-threatening or irreversibly debilitating conditions lack treatment and diagnostic options. For these patients, earlier access to promising new devices is critically important. At the same time, delayed access may mean the difference between life and death, or may result in irreversible disability. In weighing the benefits […]