Diabetes is a disease in which a person has high blood sugar either because the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or because cells do not respond to the insulin that is produced. Diabetes symptoms include frequent urination and increased thirst and hunger. Long-term complications include cardiovascular disease, chronic renal failure and retinal damage. There are three main types of diabetes and all are treatable with insulin. Type 1, or juvenile diabetes, results from the body’s failure to produce insulin and requires a person to inject insulin or wear an insulin pump. Type 2, or adult-onset diabetes, results from insulin resistance, a condition in which cells fail to use insulin properly. Type 3, gestational diabetes, occurs when pregnant women without a previous diagnosis of diabetes develop a high blood glucose level. This may precede development of type 2 diabetes. Nearly 26 million people, or about 8% of all Americans, have diabetes -not counting the 7 million people who are undiagnosed and another 80 million people who have pre-diabetes. Adequate treatment of this disease is important, as is not smoking and maintaining control of blood pressure and body weight.
S.1318 & H.R.1761 – HELLPP Act
S.907 & H.R.1915 – GEDI Act
H.R.1257 – Preventing Diabetes in Medicare Act of 2013
I oppose reforming current diabetes policy and wish to defeat H.R.1257, S.1318 & H.R.1761, and S.907 & H.R.1915
I support amending title XIX (Medicaid) of the Social Security Act to include podiatrists as physicians in order to cover their services under the Medicaid program; revising requirements for coverage of therapeutic shoes for individuals with diabetes regarding the processes of documentation by a physician of, and certification of a comprehensive plan of care related to, the diabetic condition; prescription by a podiatrist or other qualified physician upon a finding of the medical necessity for the therapeutic shoes, including findings communicated to a certifying doctor of medicine or osteopathy of certain related foot conditions; and fitting and supplying the shoes, and wish to pass S.1318 & H.R.1761
I support developing a gestational diabetes research project to expand and enhance surveillance data and public health research on gestational diabetes; developing and testing novel approaches for improving postpartum testing or screening and for preventing type 2 diabetes in women with a history of gestational diabetes; awarding grants for demonstration projects to reduce the incidence of gestational diabetes, the recurrence of such disease in subsequent pregnancies, and the development of type 2 diabetes in women with a history of gestational diabetes, and wish to pass S.907 & H.R.1915
I support amending title XVIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act to extend coverage for medical nutrition therapy services to such beneficiaries with pre-diabetes or with risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes, and wish to pass H.R.1257