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!!!!

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Comment by rick the "Blogabetic" on August 1, 2014 at 3:47am

This is one of the most important initiatives that is being pursued by JDRF and the Endrocrine Society. Please consider supporting this bill. Our seniors need access to this technology and under current rules having a CGM is pretty much out of the question..................................rick

Comment by Muragaki on August 2, 2014 at 10:25am

Could links to a petition or the report be posted? (I did not read anything that provided a clue as to where to locate the information...)

While we're at it, what can we do to start a discussion about getting insurance carriers to reclassify CGM sensors from Durable Medical Equipment to prescription-eligible? Calling a 7-day device "DME" is grossly misleading.

Comment by LBREP on August 2, 2014 at 11:26am
There are 2 links in the body of the text. One for the petition and one for your US Senators.
Comment by Muragaki on August 2, 2014 at 1:05pm

LBREP, no clickable links appear, whether underlined or embedded in linkable text...

Could anyone else corroborate? Thanks in advance.

Comment by Elsa on September 22, 2014 at 2:39pm

Today I signed the JDRF petition that will be sent to the U.S. Senate promoting senate bill 2689, and I urge you to go to the JDRF site and sign the petition as well! I also urged my senators to co-sponsor the bill...you can do that on the JDRF site as well. We'll all be on Medicare one day...maybe now, maybe soon. We should speak up NOW! Thanks, all.

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