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[IP] Senate 2689: Medicare CGM Access Act of 2014



Good News!  Senators Susan Collins (R-NH) and Jean Shaheen (D-NH) have
introduced S. 2689, the "Medicare CGM Access Act of 2014."  This bill has also
received support from JDRF.  Finally!

The Senate bill is very similar to H.R. 3710; the "Medicare CGM Coverage Act"
introduced in December, 2013 by Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH) from the 1st
District and has many co-sponsors.  No hearings have been held and passage
will not happen anytime soon.

There are two ways you can help make Medicare CGM coverage become a reality:

1.  Write, email, or visit your senator.  Let him or her know how important
this legislation is to you as a diabetic subject to complications of severe
hypoglycemia.  These include cognitive impairment, coma, seizures, and
untimely death.  This legislation is also very cost effective because it helps
prevent costly emergency room visits and hospitalizations.

2.  Sign the JDRF petition asking CMS to change the current Medicare
regulations that deny coverage because CGM is considered precautionary.  If
CMS would take sound corrective action, legislation would not be necessary.

Unfortunately, this legislation is necessary because CMS regulators have
ignored numerous studies and common sense in refusing to change the current
policy.

Jerry Smith
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