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After years of research, testing, and clinical trials, the FDA finally approved the artificial pancreas in September 2016. While this device may bring to mind a device that takes the place of an individual's pancreas, it is actually a closed loop system that links the user's artificial pancreas to their continuous glucose monitor (CGM). This automated insulin delivery device would not only afford users a greater degree of freedom, it would offer more accurate, minute-by-minute, blood glucose management.

Currently, most insurance companies cover the cost of insulin pumps. However, this is not necessarily the case for CGMs. Medicare, for instance, does not cover this technology, making these devices an out-of-pocket expense. Given this, it remains unclear whether the artificial pancreas will be covered by insurance and Medicare.

This means that after years of waiting for a more graceful solution to glucose monitoring and insulin delivery, this breakthrough technology could remain out of reach for those in need.

In addition to the benefits to the individual patient, the health care system would actually see significant savings by choosing to cover this technology. The elegance of the artificial pancreas' management would eliminate many of the common mistakes that come from manual monitoring and insulin administration and lead to diabetes-related complications. According to one study, published on healthaffairs.org, offering coverage of the artificial pancreas early in life could offer a $937 million in Medicare savings after 25 years.

We must ensure that this life-saving technology is available to anyone who needs it.

Sign the petition below to urge the US Department of Health and Human Services, as well as insurance providers, to cover artificial pancreas technology.

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To the Us Department of Health and Human Services and the CEOs of WellPoint Insurance, CIGNA, Aetna, Humana, and United Healthcare:

I am writing to urge you to cover the recently-approved artificial pancreas technology.

More than 29 million people in the United States are living with diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association, the economic cost of diabetes is $245 billion. This number reflects direct medical costs (i.e. supplies and medical services) as well as money lost from reduced productivity. Of those direct medical costs, 18% were the result of treating diabetes-related complications.

The artificial pancreas could drastically reduce these costs by decreasing the number of complications. According to one study, published on healthaffairs.org, offering coverage of the artificial pancreas early in life could offer a $937 million in Medicare savings after 25 years.

Offering patients a way to reduce these painful and often debilitating complications would greatly improve their quality of life. Further, the automated insulin delivery device would afford users a degree of freedom not offered by manual monitoring and administration of insulin.

People with diabetes have been waiting for this technology for years. Please ensure this life-changing technology is accessible by offering coverage of the artificial pancreas.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Jan 22, 2018 Perlita Schubert
Jan 21, 2018 Carol Hanlon
Jan 21, 2018 nichole Barnes
Jan 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 21, 2018 Michael Blevins
Jan 20, 2018 Nicole Hornbuckle
Jan 20, 2018 Sharron Frommann CGM costs us over $3200.00 out of pocket...unexceptable
Jan 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 20, 2018 (Name not displayed) I support this
Jan 20, 2018 Rosellen Sims
Jan 20, 2018 Kevin Dahl
Jan 20, 2018 karen stickney
Jan 20, 2018 Laura Stanley
Jan 20, 2018 Karen Cutting It is simple, motivation is always money. The product will sell and make money and it will save lives. Not your priority but a good thing anyway.
Jan 20, 2018 Carol Kane
Jan 20, 2018 Linda Christman
Jan 20, 2018 (Name not displayed) both my husband and I have diabetes and recently he was told his pancreas was failing so I would support this being covered.
Jan 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 20, 2018 Olga Fernandez The artificial Pancreas will save lives
Jan 20, 2018 Barbara GALLO Make this coverage accessible & AFFORDABLE! It will save countless lives!
Jan 20, 2018 Meryll Russell
Jan 20, 2018 Joseph Szymczak This would save not only lives but medical costs
Jan 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 20, 2018 Barbra Fergang
Jan 20, 2018 sandra gelzheiser
Jan 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 20, 2018 Danuta Kosek
Jan 20, 2018 Dedric Dixon
Jan 20, 2018 kelley sadosky
Jan 20, 2018 Teresa Schmotter
Jan 20, 2018 Richard Leal
Jan 20, 2018 Cheryl Troutt Too many Americans have Diabetes and could be helped with this life changing research. Please make sure that this is available to all Americans by keeping the scientists working on this.
Jan 20, 2018 Debbie Osterbrink
Jan 20, 2018 Carole Holmes The artificial pancreas is a vital tool to aid in the control of a chronic disease that causes debilitating complications and death until there is a cure.
Jan 20, 2018 Cynthia Gavigan
Jan 20, 2018 Carol Maindonald
Jan 20, 2018 Deborah Golembiewski
Jan 20, 2018 Brad Lodge do what is right people
Jan 20, 2018 Adele Winston
Jan 20, 2018 Angela Sorenson I have had type 1 diabetes for 34 years covering this with medicare would save you money in the long run I do not have complications and it would be in the best interest to prevent this from being a future problem with this being covered.
Jan 20, 2018 Ellen Lewis
Jan 15, 2018 Shashawna Foland
Jan 7, 2018 Jim Sheridan
Jan 5, 2018 Paul Garrett
Jan 5, 2018 Beverly Folkes
Jan 4, 2018 Chelsea Rivera

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