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Emergency Glucagon in NY Schools – S8995New York students with diabetes need access to glucagon in schools and trained professionals to help administer glucagon in emergencies. Click below to advocate for S8995 to increase safety for students with diabetes. Click Here to Learn MoreAsk Congress to Support Diabetes Self Management Training!There are too many barriers … HOME Read More »

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ABOUT - HOME | DPAC

The Diabetes Patient Advocacy Coalition is an alliance of people with diabetes, caregivers, patient advocates, health professionals, diabetes organizations and companies working collaboratively to promote and support public policy initiatives to improve the health of people with diabetes. DPAC seeks to ensure the safety and quality of medications, devices, and services; and access to care for ...

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PROGRAMS | DPAC - HOME | DPAC

Important issues impacting the diabetes community can happen anytime. Keep up to date and get easy ways to take action. We do not rent or sell your email addresses.

https://diabetespac.org/programs/


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BLOG | DPAC - HOME | DPAC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Lexington, Kentucky, Dec. 9, 2019 – DPAC today announced the appointment of Julie Babbage, of Babbage Cofounder as the new CEO.

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RESOURCES | DPAC - HOME | DPAC

Resources As a trusted voice in the diabetes community, we want to provide the right resources in the areas of safety, quality, and access for people with diabetes. While this is by no means a comprehensive list, we hope that this will help. Diabetes Non Profit Organizations ADA Click Here AACE Click Here AADE Click … RESOURCES Read More »

https://diabetespac.org/resources/


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HOW TO ADVOCATE | DPAC

Want to advocate for the over 30 million American families who live with diabetes everyday? It’s not as hard as you think. DPAC can help. Follow the steps to explore the issues, take action, and raise your voice alongside other DPAC advocates. Step 1: Sign up for DPAC news. DPAC Newsletter No spam. We don’t … HOW TO ADVOCATE Read More »

https://diabetespac.org/explore/how-to-advocate/


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How an Idea Becomes a State Law | DPAC

Have you ever thought to yourself, “there ought to be a law about that”? Working to get state laws introduced, passed, and signed is an important part of diabetes advocacy, especially now that states are taking a very active role in healthcare.

https://diabetespac.org/state-law-process/


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How the FDA Drug Approval Process Works | DPAC

The FDA Drug Approval Process . The FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) is the watchdog for potential medications seeking approval for use in the United States. In order for CDER to begin evaluating a drug, pharmaceutical companies must first do extensive testing and document the results.

https://diabetespac.org/fda-drug-approval-process/


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Diabetes Advocacy in Kentucky | DPAC

Diabetes Prevention – Call for Line Item Funding For the first time in recent memory, Kentucky’s biennial budget has failed to provide line-item funding for diabetes prevention programs. This is a major step backward for a state that is considered a leader in the war against the diabetes epidemic. Ask your elected officials to make sure Kentucky … Diabetes Advocacy in Kentucky Read More »

https://diabetespac.org/ky/


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Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) Gag Clauses Tie Pharmacists ...

Gag clauses in contracts with pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) prevent pharmacists from telling the truth about the price of some medications. The result of these gag clauses is higher costs for the unknowing patient. Find out who is taking action and write a letter today!

https://diabetespac.org/pbm-gag-clauses-tie-pharmacists-hands/


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Ask Your Representative to Support Diabetes Self ...

Important issues impacting the diabetes community can happen anytime. Keep up to date and get easy ways to take action. We do not rent or sell your email addresses.

https://diabetespac.org/act-now/federal/ask-your-representative-to-support-diabetes-self-management-training-legislation/


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FEDERAL | DPAC - HOME | DPAC

Federal Actions You Can Take Right Now With over 4,000 bills and resolutions that come across a member of Congress’s desk each year, how do they know about what’s important to the diabetes community? We let them know by sending messages with personal stories. DPAC has given you all the statistics and data; simply add … FEDERAL Read More »

https://diabetespac.org/act-now/federal/


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Congressional Diabetes Caucus Releases Report on Insulin ...

On November 1, the Congressional Diabetes Caucus released its long-awaited report on the insulin supply chain. Rep. Diana DeGette and Rep. Tom Reed, the co-chairs of the Caucus, have been conducting a bipartisan inquiry into the rising patient cost of insulin for more than a year.

https://diabetespac.org/report-on-insulin/


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Anthem Responds to #DiabetesAccessMatters | DPAC

Anthem, a top insurance provider, responds to the #DiabetesAccessMatters campaign and shares their insights on CGM and pump coverage.

https://diabetespac.org/anthem-responds-diabetesaccessmatters/


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Accumulator Adjustment Programs Put Added Burden On People ...

Accumulator adjustment programs, or copay adjustment programs, are when insurance companies do not apply what the manufacturer pays when you use a copay card towards your deductible. These programs could cost people with diabetes thousands of dollars each year.

https://diabetespac.org/accumulator-adjustment-programs/


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Says Who: Who Is Involved in Policy-Making Regarding ...

Patients can be a significant “who” in the equation of health policy-making regarding safety, quality, and access in the diabetes world.

https://diabetespac.org/diabetes-policy-making/


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AFFORDABLE INSULIN PROJECT | DPAC

Affordable Insulin Project We believe that all Americans with diabetes should have affordable access to insulin. We believe that patients must be an integral part of the discussion at every step of the supply chain, from manufacturers and employers to Pharmaceutical Benefits Managers (PBMs) and the government. The Affordable Insulin Project offers tools, resources, and … AFFORDABLE INSULIN ...

https://diabetespac.org/programs/affordable-insulin-project/


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Non-Medical Switching and Diabetes | DPAC

Non-medical switching simply doesn’t make any sense either financially or morally. Financially, it may save the insurer money in the very short term, but only by moving costs onto patients when they have to pay for additional doctor visits and other services to switch to the new drug or device.

https://diabetespac.org/non-medical-switching-and-diabetes/


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How Closed Formularies Hurt Patients | DPAC

Closed formularies are based on the assumption that all drugs will act the same with anyone who has a particular affliction. But diseases do not affect each person in the same way. A drug that effectively manages one person’s condition may not work for another individual with the same diagnosis.

https://diabetespac.org/closed-formularies-hurt-patients/


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LEADERSHIP | DPAC

DPAC LEADERSHIP Julie Babbage – CEO Julie is Babbage Cofounder’s Washington, DC lead and also works on state issues. In addition to years of legislative advocacy, Julie brings bipartisan Hill experience and relationships to DPAC. She spent two years in Deloitte’s federal consulting practice helping implement enterprise-wide transformations within several government agencies. Her interest ...

https://diabetespac.org/about/board-directors-staff/


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Know Your Issue: Spread Pricing | DPAC - HOME | DPAC

In Ohio, where (reminder) PBMs charged Medicaid not only a nearly 9% spread across all drugs, but also a whopping 31% spread among generic drug prescriptions, the state’s Medicaid Director barred managed care plans from contracting with PBMs that engage in spread pricing. Instead, the state is allowing contracts that have “pass-through” pricing, where PBMs receive a flat administrative ...

https://diabetespac.org/pbms-profit-from-spread-pricing/


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Advocacy 101: Writing an Effective Op-Ed | DPAC

When well written, op-eds can be wildly successful at convincing people to take action on a certain diabetes issue. This blog post will show you how to write an op-ed that will encourage people to advocate for your solution!

https://diabetespac.org/writing-effective-op-eds/


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HOT ISSUES | DPAC

Non-medical switching negatively impacts patients by disrupting their care and does not generate cost savings for the patient or the insurer. Forced non-medical switching can happen in one of two ways: The insurer stops covering the medication or medical device, forcing patients to pay out-of-pocket for the medication/device that is already working well for them.

https://diabetespac.org/explore/hot-issues/


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What is the Diabetes Caucus? | DPAC

Did you know that there is a Congressional Diabetes Caucus? In this brief introductory post, you’ll learn what it is, who is involved, and why it matters to the diabetes community. What is a Caucus? A caucus is made up of individuals that share common legislative goals and initiatives. The Diabetes Caucus is, therefore, a group of … What is the Diabetes Caucus? Read More »

https://diabetespac.org/what-is-the-diabetes-caucus/


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Congressional Diabetes Caucus | DPAC

Important issues impacting the diabetes community can happen anytime. Keep up to date and get easy ways to take action. We do not rent or sell your email addresses.

https://diabetespac.org/act-now/federal/congressional-diabetes-caucus/


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DPAC NEWSLETTER | DPAC - HOME | DPAC

Get the Latest DPAC Updates! How do you know what’s next in diabetes policy advocacy? When you sign up for DPAC Updates, you will get breaking news and ways you can advocate for our diabetes community. (We never sell or rent our email addresses and you can unsubscribe at any time.)

https://diabetespac.org/act-now/dpac-newsletter/


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Affordable Insulin Project Helps People Advocate! | DPAC

The Affordable Insulin Project is a resource that helps people educate their employers and others on the cost of insulin. Anyone can ask their employer to exempt insulin from the deductible requirement, which would make insulin much more affordable for people with diabetes.

https://diabetespac.org/affordable-insulin-project/


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DPAC CHAMPIONS | DPAC - HOME | DPAC

Looking for more than simply clicking a link and sending a message to policy makers? Want to get more involved with diabetes policy advocacy and become a trusted patient voice on policy issues impacting people in the United States? Have a desire to get more training, do more… be more for our patient community? The … DPAC CHAMPIONS Read More »

https://diabetespac.org/programs/dpac-champions/


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Diabetes Patient Assistance Programs: Insights and ...

Diabetes Patient Assistance Programs: Insights and Recommendations for Increased Access As p r e s c r i p ti o n d r u g p r i c e s b e c o me u n a tta i n a b l e fo r ma n y , p a ti e n t a s s i s ta n c e p r o g r a ms

https://diabetespac.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Diabetes-Patient-Assistance-Programs_-Insights-and-Recommendations-for-Increased-Access-FINAL.pdf


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Bills-to-Laws: Changing Federal Diabetes Health Policy | DPAC

We wish it were as simple as a cartoon, but it’s not. The bills-to-laws process is a vital part of policy-making and policy changing within the U.S. government. However, the legislative branch of the Congress, consisting of the House of Representatives and Senate, will see thousands of bills introduced in this 115 th United States Congress. Only 10% of these bills will become laws and make ...

https://diabetespac.org/bills-laws/


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DPAC POLICY TRAINING MEETING | DPAC - HOME | DPAC

DPAC Policy Training Meetings DPAC was founded to fill a gap in our community: a patient-first diabetes policy advocacy organization that focuses on safety, quality, and access. While we collaborate closely with other nonprofit organizations that help our community, the patient voice needed to be elevated. Over the past few years, DPAC has provided tools … DPAC POLICY TRAINING MEETING Read ...

https://diabetespac.org/programs/dpac-policy-training-meeting/


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Advocate Anywhere for Diabetes with the DPAC App! | DPAC

We are thrilled to announce that we’ve made diabetes advocacy even easier with the launch of the DPAC App. You’re Busy. We get that. Many of us have to focus on diabetes daily management on top of jobs and family.

https://diabetespac.org/advocate-diabetes-dpac-app/


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DPAC Joins Diabetes Advocacy Alliance | DPAC

DPAC Joins Diabetes Advocacy Alliance for Collaborative Efforts to Help People With Diabetes The Diabetes Patient Advocacy Coalition announces it has joined the Diabetes Advocacy Alliance, a coalition of over 20 members representing patient advocacy organizations, professional societies, trade associations, other nonprofit organizations, and corporations to change the way diabetes is viewed ...

https://diabetespac.org/dpac-joins-diabetes-advocacy-alliance/


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Pennsylvania Bill Would Ban PBM Gag Clauses | DPAC

Pennsylvania Senate bill 637 would prevent pharmacy benefit managers from imposing gag clauses on pharmacists, which keep pharmacists from telling you if there is a cheaper way for you to get your prescriptions. Take action today!

https://diabetespac.org/pennsylvania-pbm-gag-clauses/


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Guest Post: A DME Owner's Perspective on Competitive ...

As the owner of a durable medical equipment company, pharmacy and the parent of a Type 1 diabetic child, I participated in Medicare’s competitive bid program and watched closely as Medicare decimated the reimbursement amounts for diabetes supplies.

https://diabetespac.org/jarczynski-dme-competitive-bidding/


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Diabetes Advocacy in Pennsylvania | DPAC

Safe at School Thanks for advocating, Safe at school passed! One down more to go. License Diabetes Educators Ask the State House to pass HB 1851 to protect people in the Commonwealth with diabetes by licensing professional diabetes educators. We have messages for people with diabetes to send asking for quality educators and for educators to … Diabetes Advocacy in Pennsylvania Read More »

https://diabetespac.org/pa-advocacy/


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California - Senate Bill 138 Will Help Save Lives With ...

Important issues impacting the diabetes community can happen anytime. Keep up to date and get easy ways to take action. We do not rent or sell your email addresses.

https://diabetespac.org/act-now/state/california-senate-bill-138-will-help-save-lives-with-education-about-type-1/


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Policy Training Meeting Application | DPAC

Important issues impacting the diabetes community can happen anytime. Keep up to date and get easy ways to take action. We do not rent or sell your email addresses.

https://diabetespac.org/programs/dpac-policy-training-meeting/policy-training-meeting-application/


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CONTACT US | DPAC

Contact Form Please email us for the fastest response. Address 12157 West Linebaugh Ave, Suite 141 Tampa, FL 33626 Email [email protected]

https://diabetespac.org/about/contact-us/


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DPAC Statement on Non-Medical Switching | DPAC

Patients should not be forced to switch medications, technologies or treatment based on non-medical reasons. Non-medical switching is when insurers or PBMs force changes to a formulary based solely on price, not efficacy or safety.

https://diabetespac.org/dpac-statement-non-medical-switching/