As we close the book on 2010 and prepare ourselves for the 2011 legislative year and the start
of the restructured 112th Congress we wanted to take a look back at what has been accomplished and
where AADE is heading.
What the AADE Advocacy network has accomplished:
- The CDE provision was included in the House version of the Healthcare Reform Package as well as
the Senate Finance Committee’s (SFC) version. Although the language was omitted from the final
'merged' bill between SFC and the Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee we cannot
view this as a failure. This was the first time our language was included in any bill of this size
and importance. The language was not omitted due to any policy concerns or opposition to the
provision by any Senator but simply an assumption, by some, that the provision may not be essential
to the provision of DSMT care. But thanks to your hard work and persistence we are poised to dispel
these assumptions in the new Congress.
- AADE commissioned
Dobson DaVanzo & Associates, LLC
(Dobson | DaVanzo) to create a cost estimate of
H.R. 2425 over the ten year period from
2011 through 2020 using Congressional Budget Office (CBO) scoring methodology. One of the major
obstacles we faced with getting support for the legislation was proving its cost effectiveness.
This study showed Members of Congress that the legislation was budget neutral and further proved it
to be a necessary to designate Certified Diabetes Educators (CDEs) as providers of Diabetes
Self-Management Training (DSMT) under the Medicare program.
- In an effort to gain recognition of the qualified diabetes educator, AADE embarked on a
diabetes educator state licensure initiative. Legislation (H.B. 490) was introduced in the state of
Kentucky requiring licensure to provide diabetes education. The bill, in its first attempt, passed
the Kentucky state House 96 – 0 but was derailed before reaching the state Senate by an exhausted
budget battle that lasted till the closing minutes of the 2010 state legislative session.