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[IP] Another Victory!

Thought I'd share this good news:

>LANSING, Mich., Jan. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Governor John Engler (R-MI) signed 
into law today the Diabetes Cost Reduction Act (DCRA), a law requiring 
Michigan regulated health insurance and managed care policies to cover 
necessary diabetes supplies and services within 90 days. The first health 
insurance reform measure enacted in Michigan in over a decade, the DCRA 
ensures that affected Michigan health policies cover insulin, oral 
medications, insulin pumps, blood glucose testing supplies, physician and 
diabetes education services, and other supplies related to day-to-day 
diabetes management. The law also requires health plans to develop 
educational programs that aim to prevent type 2 diabetes, formerly known as 
non-insulin dependent diabetes, from occurring in at-risk Michigan residents.

"This new law provides important protections and guarantees to over 442,000 
people diagnosed with diabetes in Michigan and works to combat the growing 
type 2 diabetes epidemic within the state," said Martha M. Funnell, MS, RN, 
CDE, Vice President, Health Care & Education for the American Diabetes 
Association and President of the Michigan Organization of Diabetes Educators. 
"Michigan families will no longer face cumbersome managed care denials for 
the basic diabetes medical care they require to survive. Enabling people to 
obtain and afford necessary diabetes supplies and services as part of their 
basic health policy coverage will help save lives, and prevent serious 
complications of diabetes like amputations, blindness, and kidney failure. As 
a result of the substantial need for the DCRA, families affected by diabetes 
in Michigan are extremely thankful that Governor Engler signed this bill into 
law today."

"In addition to expressing our appreciation to Governor Engler for signing 
this substantial health insurance reform provision into law, we would also 
like to recognize Senate Majority Leader Dan DeGrow (R-Port Huron), Senator 
John Schwarz (R-Battle Creek), Senator Beverly Hammerstrom (R-Temperance), 
Senator Dianne Byrum (D-Onondaga) and Senator Dale Shugars (R-Portage) who 
vigorously worked to move the DCRA through the legislature," Funnell added. 
"Their efforts make them true champions for families affected by diabetes."

The DCRA requires insurance and managed care policies governed by the state 
of Michigan to cover and reimburse for necessary diabetes supplies and 
services. The legislation is virtually identical to laws enacted in 42 other 
states that include California, Texas, New York, Illinois, New Jersey, 
Massachusetts and Florida. Prescribed equipment, supplies, medications, 
diabetes prevention programs, diabetes self-management training and diabetes 
education services are still subject to co-pays and deductibles within each 
health policy.

While over 660,000 Michigan residents have diabetes, only 442,100 know they 
have the disease. Over 2 million Michigan residents are also at risk of 
developing diabetes. According to the Centers for Disease Control, Michigan 
experienced a 67 percent increase in the incidence of the disease over the 
past decade. A leading cause of blindness, kidney disease, heart disease and 
amputations, diabetes claims the lives of more than 193,000 Americans each 
year. It is the country's sixth leading cause of death by disease.

The American Diabetes Association is the nation's leading voluntary health 
organization supporting diabetes research, information and advocacy. The 
Association's mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the 
lives of all people affected by diabetes. Founded in 1940, the Association 
supports local offices in every region of the country, providing services to 
more than 800 communities. For additional information about diabetes, please 
call the American Diabetes Association at (888) DIABETES from anywhere within 
Michigan. SOURCE American Diabetes Association<

Linda V
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