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September 2019 Advocacy Updates

Sep 19, 2019

New IRS Guidance Seeks to Expand Preventative Care Benefits under HSAs for Diabetes and Other Chronic Diseases

In mid-July, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Treasury Department issued guidance directed towards high-deductible health plans linked to special pretax health savings accounts (HSAs).  READ MORE  Under this new guidance, certain types of medical care could be designated as "preventative" for individual with chronic diseases, such as diabetes. This means that people in high deductible plans linked to HSAs could receive coverage for those preventative devices and treatments even if they have not reached their plan's deductible limit. If implemented, this guidance could save individuals money and make essential diabetes medications and devices like insulin, monitors, and testing supplies more affordable for plan participants. AADE joined the Diabetes Policy Collaborative (DPC) in a letter to health plans urging them to adopt the new IRS guidance and incorporate them into coverage offerings in 2020. 

Summary of Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule for 2020

On July 29, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) proposed rule. The MPFS proposed rule sets Medicare payment rates for calendar year (CY) 2020 and addresses other related Medicare policies. The proposed changes will be finalized in early November 2019 and will apply to Medicare Part B services furnished on or after January 1, 2020. Click here to view AADE's summary of the proposed provisions. The proposed rule is open for comment through September 27, 2019. AADE is conducting a full analysis of the proposed rule and will submit comments to CMS on areas impacting diabetes care and education specialists.

AADE Comments on Proposed Health Literacy Definition for Healthy People 2030

In June, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) invited interested stakeholders to comment on a proposed new health literacy definition for Healthy People 2030. AADE engaged members of the Professional Practice Committee to review the proposed definition and provide comments. Click here to read AADE's comments on the proposed definition of health literacy for Healthy People 2030.  

AADE's Legislative Action Center Has a New Look! 

AADE recently transitioned to a new platform where AADE members and other interested advocates can learn about current legislation and contact their legislators. To view the site, visit DiabetesEducator.org/actnow. To learn more about the features of the new site, check out our latest blog.


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