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[IPp] Oppose S. 545! I DID IT, I AM STANDING UP FOR JUSTIN



This is what I wrote. All of it was prewritten already. I just needed to add 
to the letter to personalize it.


In a message dated 8/29/2003 2:50:57 AM Central Standard Time, 
email @ redacted writes:
August 29, 2003

Senator Hillary Clinton
476 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510-3203

Dear Senator Clinton,

I am writing to you today because I am a diabetes advocate who is
concerned about S.545, which would exempt Association Health Plans
(AHPs) from state regulation.

If allowed to pass as written, this legislation will weaken state laws
that require coverage of diabetes equipment, supplies, and education
by state-regulated health insurance policies.

People, like my 3 year old son, with diabetes must be protected from
loopholes that allow insurance companies to withhold life-saving
services for them. As a mother of, a 3 year old, son with type 1
diabetes, It hurts me to have to check my sons blood sugars up to 12
times a day As well, as give him, up to 6, insulin shotstimes a day or
have him hooked up to an insulin pump 24 hours a day, seven days a
week. However, it would hurt more to watch him suffer because I could
not afford his diabetes supplies, or to watch him die of diabetes
complications by the ripe old age of 13. The realty is, if children,
which later grow up to be adults, with type 1 diabetes don't get there
supplies, they will die before diabetes complications has a chance to
set in.

Today 46 states require coverage for diabetes equipment, supplies and
education. Studies from all over the country show that such coverage
improves the health of people with diabetes and leads to lower rates
of diabetic complications -- without increasing insurance premiums.

The provisions in S.545 that exempt AHPs from state regulation would
be a disaster for people with diabetes. Without state enforcement of
laws guaranteeing health insurance coverage of diabetes needs, many
people with the disease will be unable to afford required medications,
equipment, supplies and education.

This will lead to poor disease management and result in a significant
rise in the incidence of diabetes-related complications such as heart
disease, blindness, kidney failure, and amputations. If this passes
my, 3 year old son Justin, would be at risk of a developing diabetes
compilations by the age of 13.

Please vote against S. 545.


Sincerely,
Mrs. Gina .......
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Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2003 02:50:00 -0500
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August 29, 2003

Senator Hillary Clinton
476 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510-3203

Dear Senator Clinton,

I am writing to you today because I am a diabetes advocate who is
concerned about S.545, which would exempt Association Health Plans
(AHPs) from state regulation.

If allowed to pass as written, this legislation will weaken state laws
that require coverage of diabetes equipment, supplies, and education
by state-regulated health insurance policies.

People, like my 3 year old son, with diabetes must be protected from
loopholes that allow insurance companies to withhold life-saving
services for them. As a mother of, a 3 year old, son with type 1
diabetes, It hurts me to have to check my sons blood sugars up to 12
times a day As well, as give him, up to 6, insulin shotstimes a day or
have him hooked up to an insulin pump 24 hours a day, seven days a
week. However, it would hurt more to watch him suffer because I could
not afford his diabetes supplies, or to watch him die of diabetes
complications by the ripe old age of 13. The realty is, if children,
which later grow up to be adults, with type 1 diabetes don't get there
supplies, they will die before diabetes complications has a chance to
set in.

Today 46 states require coverage for diabetes equipment, supplies and
education. Studies from all over the country show that such coverage
improves the health of people with diabetes and leads to lower rates
of diabetic complications -- without increasing insurance premiums.

The provisions in S.545 that exempt AHPs from state regulation would
be a disaster for people with diabetes. Without state enforcement of
laws guaranteeing health insurance coverage of diabetes needs, many
people with the disease will be unable to afford required medications,
equipment, supplies and education.

This will lead to poor disease management and result in a significant
rise in the incidence of diabetes-related complications such as heart
disease, blindness, kidney failure, and amputations. If this passes
my, 3 year old son Justin, would be at risk of a developing diabetes
compilations by the age of 13.

Please vote against S. 545.


Sincerely,
Mrs. Gina Boyd
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