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August/September 2018
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DSMT Bill Introduced in the U.S. Senate: Take Action Now!

On August 22, Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced the Expanding Access to Diabetes Self-Management Training (DSMT) Act (S. 3366) in the U.S. Senate. This is the Senate companion to legislation introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on May 10 by Representatives Tom Reed (R-NY) and Diana DeGette (D-CO). This important legislation will help to improve access to DSMT services for Medicare beneficiaries. This bill expands the list of providers who can refer; extends the initial 10 hours to remain available beyond the first year until fully utilized; allows six additional hours if the initial 10 are used; increases the number of hours in subsequent years from two hours per year to six; allows DSMT and MNT to be provided on the same day; removes DMST services from Part B cost-sharing and deductible requirements; and allows DSMT to occur in a community-based location. Now that legislation has been introduced in the House and the Senate, we need the help of all diabetes educators to build support for these bills on Capitol Hill. Write, call, or Tweet your legislators about this important legislation! To learn more visit: diabeteseducator.org/actnow.


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