The way bills work is they are introduced to a Congress that last two yeas so "H.R.1427 - Medicare CGM Access Act of 2015" covers the 114th Congress that is both 2015 and 2016.
The good news is a bipartisan majority of the House has cosponsored CGM coverage. The bill has gained TEN new house cosponsors in September already. The progress has been remarkably steady. Steady isn't always newsworthy, but it is how progress is made.
The easy way to see who has sponsored the bill and how well it is doing is the DPAC Scorecard.
There you can see who has and who has not cosponsored the CGM bill (and others). You can even tweet directly from the scorecard. Click thanks in the CGM column. Off goes a Tweet of thanks for support. That scorecard Tweet even knows who is a member of key commitees.
PLEASE LOOK UP YOUR CONGRESSMEMBER
NOW is GREAT time to thank Congress members who have sponsored the legislation and ask others to join in. DPAC Makes that easy. We know who has and who has not sponsored the bill and adjust letters accordingly. All anyone needs to do is enter their name and address and DPAC's system does all the rest. We do love it when people personalize a letter with their story and all are actions allow that. Just Go Here: http://act.diabetespac.org/app/write-a-letter?0&engagementId=100459
I don't think the bill needs to pass to be useful.
I see it a powerful message to Medicare, on that that says if you don't find a way to provide CGM coverage we, Congress, will micro manage you. Medicare doesnt want that. Nobody like the boss telling them how to do their job.
Many bills are just that - messages, and this one is gaining strength.
The landscape is that CMS is losing in administrative courts and has a majority of Congress lining up for coverage. Medicare needs a reason to change that lets them save face and FDA action on labeling may be it. So I think we should keep up the advocacy to help move towards that possible success.