Over the weekend I was asked by fellow Minnesotan Scott Johnson to write a statement about the value of continuous glucose monitors (CGM) for senior citizens, most specifically as it relates to Medicare and CGM coverage. Rather than recreate the wheel for why he asked me, here is an excerpt from Scott’s email:
Erik Paulsen (R-MN3) represents the Third District of Minnesota. He is a champion of fiscal responsibility and technical innovation when it comes to healthcare. Paulsen is a member of the diabetes caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives and is a supporter of “bipartisan, common sense solutions” for our healthcare crisis. Although Scott did not know this, I live in Erik Paulsen’s district and have previously contacted him by letter, email, and Twitter regarding diabetes issues such as federal funding for diabetes research and the need for Medicare coverage for CGMS. (I also voted for him in the recent November election.)
Luckily for Scott, I had an unfinished blogpost about growing old with Type 1 diabetes and it didn’t take long to draft a statement to be shared at the JDRF advocacy meet-up with Congressman Paulsen. This is my statement as submitted to Scott and shared with The Honorable Erik Paulsen, United States House of Representatives:
Thank you to Scott for sharing this photo from Monday, November 17, 2014. Left to right: Camille Nash, Debbie Evans, Scott Johnson, Rep. Erik Paulsen, Chelsea Grimes. Camille, Debbie, and Chelsia are mothers of children with Type 1 diabetes and along with Scott, represented the MinnDakotas Chapter of JDRF to advocate for Medicare coverage of Continuous Glucose Monitoring.
Oh yes, I am awesome, Scott. And so are you!
Postscript: The day after this meeting, Representative Erik Paulsen signed on as a Co-Sponsor of H.R. 5644: Medicare CGM Access Act of 2014. Talk about concrete proof that our advocacy efforts can make a difference! Thank you to Camille, Debbie, Scott, and Chelsea for representing JDRF and sharing your stories and my story with Rep. Paulsen. And thank-you to Erik Paulsen for going on record as supporting Medicare coverage for CGMS.