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I just received this good news from the District Manager for Tandem.
1. Medicare CGM Access Act of 2014 introduced in the Senate - Today, Co-chairs of the Senate Diabetes Caucus, Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), introduced the Medicare CGM Access Act of 2014 (S. 2689) – this is a big win. Though the bill is not yet posted online, it would create a Medicare benefit category for CGM and establish a payment and coding structure to go along with it. Notably, the bill has been drafted to pave the way for reimbursing future artificial pancreas technologies. There is certainly lengthy road ahead before this is passed into law, but the move is highly encouraging and desperately needed from a patient perspective. We were very encouraged to see the collaboration behind the legislation – the coalition that has worked on this issue includes JDRF, the Endocrine Society, AACE, AADE, Dexcom, Medtronic, and J&J. JDRF was out in full force on the news today, including a press release commending the bill and two advocacy asks: emailing US Senators to co-sponsor the bill and signing a petition to urge Medicare to cover CGM (the latter is at an impressive 3,845 signatures already out of a goal of 10,000). Completing both tasks takes less than five minutes! For more on this topic, including why Medicare has refused to cover CGM, see our detailed report.
Now we just have to hope Congress acts!!!!