Each state has diverse diabetes communities with unique needs, and we advocate for policy change in every state across the country to improve health care access, coverage, and affordability; support healthy diets; and address health barriers to ensure the needs of these communities are met.
We know the diabetes epidemic hits close to home regardless of which state you live in. Will you join us and become a Diabetes Advocate today to support the diabetes communities where you work, live, play, and pray?
Want to know what diabetes advocacy issues are happening where you live? Check out our Engagement Platform to see if your state has active alerts and what you can do to help!
State Officials Need to Hear Your Stories
The American Diabetes Association is collecting stories to help our elected officials understand how important it is to make insulin more affordable. If you or someone you know has been negatively impacted by the cost of insulin, please share your story—it is a powerful and necessary tool to make insulin affordability a reality for everyone!
Learn more about the diabetes burden in your state, including the prevalence, the cost of diabetes care, and the actions being taken to improve lives.
2023 State Advocacy Wins
The American Diabetes Association leads and collaborates with others to advance policy change to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.
It’s important to celebrate the wins! Check out some of our recent legislative victories:
January 2023: The finalized Medicaid continuous glucose monitor (CGM) policy includes coverage for all types of diabetes when medical necessity criteria is met. The policy also makes CGMs available through both the pharmacy and medical benefit, further improving access.
February 2023: A bill was signed into law to add Medicaid coverage for podiatry (foot care) services
March 2023: A law was passed requiring pharmacy benefit managers to pass 100% of rebates to the consumer.
March 2023: North Carolina became the 40th state to expand Medicaid. Once implemented, the expansion is expected to provide insurance for over 600,000 North Carolinians.
March 2023: A law was passed that allows pharmacists to refill prescriptions for insulin without authorization from the prescriber in emergencies.
May 2023: A law was passed that removes the January 1, 2024 expiration date for the state’s $35 insulin copay cap.
March 2023: The budget includes $97,125 in funding for diabetes education and prevention programs.
March 2023: A bill was signed into law related to state-regulated health insurance plans. The law will reduce cost-sharing on insulin from $100 to $35 for a 30-day supply and set a similar collective cost-sharing limit of $100 on continuous glucose monitors, blood glucose test strips, glucometers, lancets, lancing devices, and insulin syringes.