AADE e-Advocacy Newsletter
November 2009
Invest in your Future – Keep the Momentum Moving

Exciting news, the Affordable Health Care for America Act (H.R. 3962) passed by the House of Representatives includes the CDE provision to improve access to diabetes self-management training (DSMT) by designating all certified diabetes educators as certified Medicare providers for purposes of outpatient diabetes self-management training.

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CDE Legislation Updates and Alerts

The CDE provision, which was included in the Senate Finance Committee (SFC) version of health care reform, has been omitted from the final 'merged' bill between SFC and the HELP Committee. We are told this is not due to any policy concerns or opposition to this provision by any Senator.

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Chapter Legislative Coordinator Spotlight

This month AADE Advocacy is spotlighting Jenifer Janetski, RD CDE, the Chapter Legislative Coordinator from the Montana Chapter of Diabetes Educators (MAADE). Jennifer and her fellow constituents and peers were instrumental in obtaining Senator Baucus' support of the CDE legislation language to be included in the Senate Healthcare Reform Bill.

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Mississippi "Health First" Collaborative Project

In 2009, Mississippi was ranked number one in obesity in the U.S. for the fifth straight year by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Trust for America 's Health. Mississippi has a diabetes prevalence rate of 11.3% as opposed to 8.2% nationally.

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Health News Spotlight

AADE Advocacy is spotlighting an article from the Kaiser Health News website.

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