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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


Jun 17, 2018 Carol Painter
Jun 17, 2018 Mia Utzinger
May 23, 2018 Aliyah Khan
May 22, 2018 David Lindsey
May 20, 2018 Erika Baker
May 7, 2018 Bonnie Steiger
May 5, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 30, 2018 Gabriele Jefferson
Apr 30, 2018 Michelle Getty
Apr 30, 2018 Tina Behla
Apr 29, 2018 Ananya Boonyarattaphun
Apr 28, 2018 Kay Fisher
Apr 28, 2018 SANDRY SAMPER
Apr 28, 2018 Sanand Dilip
Apr 28, 2018 Roxana Moya
Apr 28, 2018 Albeniz Pérez
Apr 28, 2018 Liliana fiorinl
Apr 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 14, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 7, 2018 Lisa vasta
Apr 3, 2018 Catherine Holzman
Mar 30, 2018 Barbara Tomlinson
Mar 21, 2018 Dannella Loveless This is almost a musty, my brother is has juvenile diabetes, has had to have a kidney transplant, had to all of his toes on one foot amputated, sugar will not stay in the normal range, Messes with your vision, foot still not healed 1 and half year later.
Mar 19, 2018 Sylvia Grimes For all diabetics including myself diagnosed type 1 at the age of 49
Mar 19, 2018 (Name not displayed) For my 5 year old granddaughter and all others who suffer from this disease!!!!!
Mar 18, 2018 lou scully for my son
Mar 18, 2018 john king
Mar 18, 2018 Sharon Clark Please‼️
Mar 18, 2018 Roland Umphrey The insurance companies need to approve this. It is a life saving measure. Please save our lives.
Mar 18, 2018 Cherry Greene I am on this new technology. I currently just started using the CGM system. I anticipate great things coming from using this device. Everyone should have access to this technology.
Mar 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 18, 2018 Carol Pfarr
Mar 18, 2018 Kelly Meis
Mar 18, 2018 Gwen Bresett
Mar 18, 2018 Ivica Kosta
Mar 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 18, 2018 sonja lee
Mar 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 18, 2018 Connie Grijalva
Mar 17, 2018 selma fortunato
Mar 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 17, 2018 Joan Cuplin I Demand the US Department of Health & Human Services, as well as insurance providers, to cover artificial pancreas technology!!!!
Mar 17, 2018 Elaine Hoffmann Please approve this. We Type 1 Diabetics NEED this help.
Mar 17, 2018 David Haught
Mar 17, 2018 David Rossi Currently using MiniMed 670g. Insurance covered it but still waiting to see if CGM'S will be covered. ..
Mar 13, 2018 Jane Robinson
Mar 6, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 6, 2018 Dawn Bowers
Mar 5, 2018 Carolyn Moon This sounds like it would prevent all the complications my friends suffer from. Those cost lots of money.
Mar 4, 2018 LADONNA WILLIAMS

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