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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


Sep 11, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 10, 2017 Luis Chelotti
Sep 7, 2017 Teresa Ashley
Sep 5, 2017 (Name not displayed) an artificial one will replace the constant highs and lows giving the person a better quality and healthier life
Sep 4, 2017 Carole Paulson
Sep 4, 2017 Vickie Mowry
Sep 4, 2017 Nanette Beck
Sep 4, 2017 Lynda Kerr
Sep 4, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 4, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 4, 2017 Catherine C Evans Absolutely the artificial pancreas should be covered through standard insurance policies! And it makes good economic sense as well as good medical sense.
Sep 4, 2017 Loretta Myers God save anyone who can be helped by this.
Sep 4, 2017 Michaela Traynor-Whitbeck
Sep 4, 2017 Evy Mayer
Sep 4, 2017 Erica Romanowski
Sep 4, 2017 Cheryl K. Wenberg
Sep 4, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 4, 2017 tony jania IMPLEMENT THIS!!!!!
Sep 4, 2017 Pat Chandler Victims deserve every consideration !
Sep 4, 2017 theresa anderson
Sep 4, 2017 Bess Katerinsky
Sep 4, 2017 Petrea Robinette
Sep 4, 2017 Susan Dorchin
Sep 4, 2017 Pam Ledbury This is amazing! We need to have this funding for those who suffer from this horrible killer disease!!
Sep 4, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 4, 2017 Dana Sala
Sep 4, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 4, 2017 Terry Eaton
Sep 4, 2017 jack wenger
Sep 4, 2017 Maria Prinsloo
Sep 4, 2017 SANDRA SUPER THINK OF ALL THE HEALTH CARE SAVINGS THIS WILL DO FOR MIILLIIONS OF T1DS!!! DO IT NOW!!!
Sep 4, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 4, 2017 Jackie Enn
Sep 4, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 4, 2017 (Name not displayed) This is something that will save lives - and, money for everyone. How can we not cover something that will so clearly improve quality of life of those with diabetes and...those who care for them!!!!
Sep 4, 2017 Grace Barton Please cover this life saving help for both diabetic and pancreatic cancer patients. This could be you or your children needing this help.
Sep 4, 2017 S Strand
Sep 4, 2017 Ravenna Oakes If this is effective it would decimate health care costs for a person's lifetime! It's a win-win for all.
Sep 4, 2017 Michelle LaRoche
Sep 4, 2017 Ronald Brown We have friends and family members who suffer from diabetes.
Sep 4, 2017 Laura Roberts
Sep 4, 2017 Howard Roberts
Sep 4, 2017 Kelly Schiff-Latshaw
Sep 4, 2017 Abigail Sayen
Sep 4, 2017 James C Polhemus
Sep 1, 2017 Katherine Gilbert
Aug 31, 2017 Nadia Mousa
Aug 30, 2017 Agnes Knorr
Aug 30, 2017 Bonnie Clyne
Aug 22, 2017 JoAnn Evans

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