Federal Legislation

Breaking Update:

There are 3 diabetes bills currently in play up on Capitol Hill.

S539/HR1074: National Diabetes Clinical Care Commission Act: Seeks a consolidation of agencies that play a role in the prevention and treatment of diabetes.

S2689/HR5644: Medicare CGM Access Act of 2014: Seeks Medicare Coverage of CGMs.

And, of course, our bill: S945/HR1274: Access to Quality Diabetes Education Acts (Learn more, below)

We encourage everyone to take action to show your support. Learn more

 

AADE is always working for its members at the Federal level on issues that support and promote the diabetes educator. In addition, we are constantly monitoring legislation that affects diabetes educators, diabetes education and people with diabetes. When needed, AADE takes a position on an issue. These are current pieces of federal legislation that AADE is directly involved with, supporting or opposing.

Current AADE Federal Legislation

The Access to Quality Diabetes Education Acts of 2013

In the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) and original co-sponsor Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-CO) have introduced H.R. 1274, the "Access to Quality Diabetes Education Act of 2013."

In the U.S. Senate, Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Susan Collins (R-ME) have introduced S. 945, the "Access to Quality Diabetes Education Act of 2013." 

The "Access to Quality Diabetes Education Act of 2013," Amends title XVIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act to recognize state-licensed or -registered certified diabetes educators or state-licensed or -registered health care professionals who specialize in teaching individuals with diabetes to develop the necessary skills and knowledge to manage the individual's diabetic condition and are certified as a diabetes educator by a recognized certifying body. Directs the Comptroller General (GAO) to study the barriers that exist for Medicare beneficiaries with diabetes in accessing diabetes self-management training services under the Medicare program. Requires the Director of the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop a series of recommendations on effective outreach methods to educate primary care physicians and other health care providers as well as the public about the benefits of diabetes self-management training.

To view H.R. 1274 in its entirety please click here. To view S. 945 in its entirety please click here.

AADE Federal Bill Tracking

Bill # and Name

Support

Monitor

Oppose

H.R. 1074/ S. 539
The National Diabetes Clinical Care Commission Act

X

   

H.R. 962/ S. 452
The Medicare Diabetes Prevention Act

X

   

H.R. 1257
The Preventing Diabetes in Medicare Act

X

   

S. 907/ H.R. 1915
The GEDI Act of 2013

X

   

H.R. 3077
TELE-MED Act

X

   

H.R. 2663/ S. 1422
Preventative Health Savings Act

X

   

H.R. 2415
Treat and Reduce Obesity Act

X

   


Federal Legislation Supported by AADE

AADE is a member of the Diabetes Advocacy Alliance, which supports the following legislation:

The National Diabetes Clinical Care Commission Act

The National Diabetes Clinical Care Commission Act (H.R. 1074/S. 539) was introduced in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, March 12, 2013. This legislation creates a commission comprised of diabetes experts including, endocrinologists and other specialists that treat the complications of diabetes, primary care physicians, patient advocates and representatives from the federal agencies most involved in diabetes care. The goal of the commission is to streamline federal investments in the disease to improve the coordination and clinical care outcomes for people with diabetes and pre-diabetes.

The Medicare Diabetes Prevention Act

On March 5, 2013, the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Act of 2013 was introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA53) as H.R. 962, and in the Senate by Sen. Al Franken (D-Minnesota) as S. 452. These bills would amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to reduce the incidence of diabetes among Medicare beneficiaries. The legislation would allow the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to reimburse for participation in evidence-based diabetes prevention programs affiliated with the CDC’s National Diabetes Prevention Program, for adults aged 65 and older in Medicare.

The Preventing Diabetes in Medicare Act

Introduced by Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO) on March 19, 2013, this bill would help older adults with prediabetes and other risk factors for type 2 diabetes, by allowing Medicare coverage for medical nutrition therapy services. A registered dietitian usually delivers these services, and Medicare patients could learn how what they eat, and how much they eat, affects their risk for developing type 2 diabetes. By authorizing coverage for this service for older adults with prediabetes, this bill could help Medicare reduce the more expensive future costs for the treatment of the disease.

The Gestational Diabetes Act of 2013

On May 7, 2013, Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) introduced the Gestational Diabetes Act (GEDI) of 2013 (S. 907). A few days later on May 9, 2013, Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX-26) and Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) introduced the House version of the GEDI Act (H.R. 1915). The main purpose of these bills is to provide grants to better understand and reduce gestational diabetes.

TELE-MED Act of 2013

On September 10, 2013, Representative Devin Nunes and Representative Frank Pallone, Jr. introduced the TELE-MED Act of 2013. If passed, the bill will give licensing or authorizing states enforcement powers and require the Secretary of the Department of Health & Human Services to solicit input from “relevant stakeholders” in order to provide telemedicine guidance for states.

Preventative Health Savings Act

Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (TX-26) and Congresswoman Donna Christensen (D-VI) introduced The Preventative Health Savings Act of 2012. The legislation will permit leaders in Congress to request that Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimate the long term health savings that are possible from preventive health initiatives.

Treat and Reduce Obesity Act

On June 19, 2013, U.S. Senators, Tom Carper (D-DE) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and U.S. Representatives, Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Ron Kind (D-WI), introduced legislation to ensure that Medicare beneficiaries have access to an array of approved obesity prevention and treatment tools. The Treat and Reduce Obesity Act provides Medicare beneficiaries and their healthcare providers with meaningful tools to reduce obesity by improving access to weight-loss counseling and new prescription medications for chronic weight management. The bill also requires the Health and Human Services Department to develop and implement a comprehensive new research and outreach plan to combat the obesity epidemic.