Petition to United States Supreme Court, United States Department of Health and Human Services, President of the United States
Please sign!! All Insurance companies need to cover CGMS in full for children under 18
Diabetes is becoming one of the world's most serious illnesses. Here's a few facts about diabetes. As many as three million Americans have type 1 diabetes, according to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). About 15,000 children and 15,000 adults are diagnosed each year. Approximately 15 percent of Americans with type 1 diabetes are children. Diabetes kills 3.4 million people every year: WHO. Nearly 350 million people worldwide have diabetes, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The United Nations health agency estimates that 3.4 million people die of diabetes every year, and almost 80 percent of the deaths occur in developing countries. My Daughter Dakota was diagnosed type one in march of 2017. Shortly thereafter we brought her home from the hospital she had a blood sugar of 24. She could have died. Thank God we were on watch for this. Shortly after this instance we learned of the dexcom g5. It is a continuous glucose monitor that monitors sugars every 5 min. 24/7. No matter where she is at in the world we get her numbers sent to us and alarmed if she goes too high or too low. This device is not covered by our insurance at all and we have to pay completely out of pocket for it. If insurance would cover this and not cause such a big uproar there could be millions of lives saved each year. Children living with type 1 and type 2 diabetes need this device!!! They need to know what their sugars are doing and which direction their sugars are going in to live a more normal life!!! If Dakota didn't have this device I wouldn't be able to allow her to do things other kids do. It's very expensive but saves lives every day!! If this was covered completely and fully by all insurances a lot more families would have peace of mind and their diabetic children would have room to grow and be as much of a normal kid as they can be. Please sign our petition. Let's make this happen!!!! It's only takes a few minutes of your time!!!! Here's abother story from a type one mom living with the same daily struggles as we are. I'm sure there's plenty of families out there that can relate and share their stories as well. Let's get CGMS covered!!!! Please read this post. Please help me spread the word and share. This may not mean anything to you, but it means the world to my friends living with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Please just read it! AND PLEASE SHARE SHARE SHARE!! Braydon wears a continuous glucose monitor. Its a sensor I place in the back of his arm that monitors his glucose every 4 minutes and sends updates to my phone. It let's me know if he is dangerously high or low. We are so grateful to God that our insurance helps cover this for Braydon. Braydon is completely unaware of his high and low glucose numbers. Some kids with type 1 diabetes can't get that feeling of awareness when their glucose is changing. With that said, it can be very life threatening. Unfortunately, many insurance companies do not cover this very expensive medical device. The monthly fee to keep a dexcom is outrageous. Why wouldn't it be? We all know how this works. Medical and pharmaceutical companies see something that could make life better and they increase the value tremendously. What insurance companies fail to understand when they don't approve the CGM is as follows:·When a type 1 or 2 diabetic goes severely low they need a Glucogon shot $350.00·911 needs called and they need transported to the hospital by an ambulance. $1200.00·They need IV's and blood work done in the E.R. and need to be monitored by the E.R. staff. $1250.00..These figures are average cost around the United States which comes to $2,800.·1 month supply of CGM sensors come $750.00. I try to make Braydon's sensors last more than the FDA allows to save.Some "brittle" diabetics can have a severe low requiring a glucogon shot 1 to 2 times per month. Especially those that are hypo or hyper unaware. The CGM allows my 8 year old to ride his bike with his brothers and friends without the fear of going low and passing out, or going into a coma, or having a seizure. It allows him to sleep at night without fear of not waking up. The dexcom not only alerts him, but it alerts me as well. Can type 1 and 2 diabetics live without a CGM? YES, but the cost of savings on glucose strips, glucogon shots, and trips to the E.R. have been more than amazing. Can the CGM save money and lives? YES!! it can and for us, it has many times. Braydon currently doesn't have a pump. The initial start up cost will be $2000.00 for us after insurance. We have chosen to go with the CGM before the pump because of how unaware he is of his hypo's. Please share this post. Help me spread the word. Help me help other kids and adults get this CGM so that kids can live a somewhat more normal life without fear because their insurance won't approve the CGM. This may not be important to you because you dont have the fear of losing your child every night you lay them down to sleep. Us parents who care for a child with type 1 fear this every time they leave our presence. They don't do sleepovers at a friends anymore, they don't go to ball practice alone anymore. With the CGM they can have their life back. Please, help spread the word. Right now I got an alert that Braydon is rising and needs insulin. Without this device I would have been aware until his next reading at lunch. Everytime he rises above 200 his organs are damaged, in the long run, without the CGM, our insurance would be spending much more money on other medical cost. Sincerely, Paige Sanders and Cristy Wilson aka "mom's of diabetic children"
Petition to Bill Lee, Mark Green, Marsha Blackburn, Bill Powers, Jason Hodges, Jay D. Reedy, Richard Briggs, Curtis G. Johnson, Katrina Robinson
Make Life Saving Insulin More Affordable
It's time for all Tennesseeans to have affordable insulin! My son, Trevon was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 4. We are fortunate enough to have good health insurance to cover the expensive cost of insulin and other diabetic related supplies. Diabetics that are unable to afford their insulin run the risk of many health problems: Blindness, kidney failure, nerve damage, limb loss, depression, and death. Although diabetes has been around for centuries along with insulin, drug manufactures continue to raise the costs for this medicine versus developing a cure. I believe that families shouldn't have to worry about how they will buy life-sustaining medication while giant pharmaceutical companies rake in record-setting profits. This petition is not asking for free insulin. It is asking for fair pricing for medications that are needed to sustain life. Only we, the people of the United States of America can change things. Only we, are able to make our voices heard, raise awareness, and put a cap on what a diabetic has to spend monthly on a medication that they need to live and be a functional member of society. Canada’s price for insulin is $90, and Colorado recently passed an insulin price cap of $100 per month. It's time for Tennessee to join Colorado in passing a price cap on this life-saving drug. The insulin price cap in Colorado has shown that it’s possible for states to take control of outrageous insulin pricing and as a result, to save lives. It’s time for Tennessee to join them in protecting Tennesseans with diabetes from avoidable health risks. I urge you to look into the legislation that Colorado passed as a potential example for Tennessee to follow.
Petition to Coca-Cola, PepsiCo
Alarming Deaths Due to Added Sugar
This is something important no one really talks about so let's bring it to the table. It's the concerns we face with added sugar. Over the past century sugar consumption has risen by astounding amounts, specifically from 2 major corporations Coca-Cola, and PepsiCo. Directly correlated with this, is a large number of deaths due to the consumption of the sugary & addictive drinks they produce. These companies play with us, they control us, making us think we want their drink when really its more of an addiction we are trying to fulfill that they had caused. Over 184,000 deaths per year are correlated and rising! Each one had suffered from diabetes, heart disease, and even more from fatty liver disease. Diabetes is the most known, as we all probably have someone who suffers from such a horrible disease. The CDC reported that over 100 million Americans suffer from diabetes or have prediabetic symptoms, and 1/4 of them didn't even know they had it! This means the number could be far higher than expected. Maybe the adults don't mind, since who doesn't love a can of coke? But what about the children? In 2018, over 210,000 Children were diagnosed with diabetes, and one study had even found that roughly 18-25% of adolescents & young adults have prediabetic symptoms. Why is it that the FDA recommends only 50 grams of added sugar per day, yet a single can of coke has 39 grams? This isn't something anyone should put behind them. It's horrifying that these corporations are feeding off of our lives, our children, for their own gains. This is why we must work together, to make these companies be held accountable for the lives they have taken and put warning labels on their drinks so no one else will fall for their death trap.
Petition to Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, U.S. Senate, Donald J. Trump
Make insulin affordable for all diabetics
As a type 1 diabetic, injecting insulin is a necessary and indispensable process that I undergo numerous times a day. I personally use about two 300-unit pens each and every week. Each insulin pen costs upwards to more than $100. Without an insurance plan, this means that I would have to pay almost $1000 each month just for insulin. Insulin has been easier and cheaper to produce than ever before thanks to new and improved medical technology and research, but every year, insulin prices has only climbed higher and higher. According to a 2016 study by the medical journal JAMA, insulin prices have tripled from 2002 to 2013. Some diabetics simply cannot afford to pay for that price. Because of this outrageous price, many diabetics have been forced to illegally smuggle in insulin from outside the United States or buy unauthorized or under-the-counter insulin. Some diabetics have even lost their lives due to insufficient insulin. Just as no two humans are exactly the same, insulin needs vary from person to person. Everyone needs carbohydrates, even diabetics. Diabetics should not be punished by paying such a high price for medicine that they use to stay alive. Several states have started capping off insulin prices, but we need to make this nationwide. With a reduced and more manageable price on insulin, wealthier diabetics won’t have to unnecessarily spend about a new phone’s worth of money each month and less wealthier diabetics won’t have to lose their lives.
Petition to Resturants, Donald J. Trump, Bernie Sanders, Andrew M. Cuomo, Charles E. Schumer, Kirsten E. Gillibrand, New York State House, New York State Senate
Require restaurants to place amount of carbs on menus to help people with Type 1 Diabetes
Those diagnosed with diabetes already struggle managing it. A part of this struggle is, diabetics need to know how many carbs they are consuming. The vast majority of restaurants only list the amount of calories on their menu. It should be required to also list the amount of carbs on the menu as well to make the lives of people with diabetes easier. Without the carbs being listed on menus, diabetics can miscalculate the number of carbs and take the wrong amount of insulin which can lead to their blood sugar becoming too low or high and cause a seizure or coma. As a diabetic myself, I have struggled when going out to a resturaunt, trying to figure out how many carbs are in the food I am eating and it would make mine and thousands of others’ lives much easier if it was required to list the amount of carbs for each menu item.