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Service dogs transform the lives of their charges. From assisting the blind and deaf to helping returning veterans cope with PTSD, the positive impact of their help upon their owners cannot be denied.

People with diabetes can also benefit from being paired with a service dog. With the proper training, dogs can use their superior sense of smell to alert their owners to fluctuating blood sugar. This is especially important among Type 1 diabetics who suffer from a condition known as Hypoglycemic Unawareness. This condition prevents a person from feeling when his or her blood sugar is rapidly falling or is dangerously low. Other symptoms, such as stomach cramps, nausea, dizziness, or even seizures, are the only hints sufferers receive without testing their blood sugar. If left untreated, hypoglycemia can even result in unconsciousness, coma, or death in as few as twenty minutes.

For those with Hypoglycemic Unawareness, an alert dog might mean the difference between life and death.

Diabetic alert dogs are trained to recognize symptoms of fluctuating blood sugar, sometimes both highs and lows, and alert their charge to their condition, even waking a sleeping person should the need arise.

There's no denying a diabetic alert dog could save countless lives and improve the quality of life for their owners. So why don't more people have them?

Their cost.

According to Dogs4Diabetics, a diabetes alert dog typically costs around $20,000, but other sources cite the price tag as high as $50,000. For the average person, this enormous price tag can prevent people with diabetes from acquiring the service dog assistance they require.

People with diabetes shouldn't be asked to shoulder this financial burden on their own when they pay insurance premiums! Tell the U.S.'s top five Insurance providers and Obamacare to cover the costs of these dogs for any diabetic whose doctors' recommend them.

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To U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and the CEOs of WellPoint Insurance, CIGNA Health Insurance Company, Aetna, Humana, and United Healthcare

I am writing to urge you to add diabetic alert dogs to your insurance policies. I am dismayed that these effective assistants to managing and maintaining awareness of blood glucose levels are effectively uncovered by the insurance industry.

These alert dogs provide life-saving care to people with diabetes, especially those who suffer from Hypoglycemic Unawareness. This condition prevents diabetics from feeling when his or her blood sugar is rapidly falling or is dangerously low. Other symptoms, such as stomach cramps, nausea, dizziness, or even seizures, are the only hints sufferers receive without testing their blood sugar. If left untreated, hypoglycemia can even result in unconsciousness, coma, or death in as few as twenty minutes.

Diabetic alert dogs are trained to recognize symptoms of fluctuating blood sugar, sometimes both highs and lows, and alert their charge to their condition, even waking a sleeping person should the need arise.

But, as you are no doubt aware, the cost of training a diabetic alert dog can be massive. According to Dogs4Diabetics, a diabetes alert dog typically costs around $20,000, but other sources cite the price tag as high as $50,000. For the average diabetic, this enormous price tag can prevent them from acquiring the service dog assistance they require.

As the nation's most prominent health insurance providers, I'm asking you to lead the charge on making diabetic alert dogs more accessible to your clients. Lives are on the line. And an alert dog could make lived with diabetes easier for so many.

Please, help defray the costs of acquiring a diabetic alert dog. Add these life-saving companions to your policies.

Thank you,

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Aug 14, 2017 ayesha vavrek
Aug 14, 2017 Kathleen Forchelli
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Aug 9, 2017 Kevin Lawson
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Jul 28, 2017 Rebecca Glass
Jul 27, 2017 Richard Laba
Jul 14, 2017 Kris Peterson
Jul 14, 2017 Carol Painter
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Jul 11, 2017 madi searle
Jul 11, 2017 Robin Thornton
Jul 11, 2017 Paula Stamey yes
Jul 10, 2017 Steven Schueller
Jul 10, 2017 Susan Schueller
Jul 10, 2017 Carol McMahon
Jul 10, 2017 Melanie Searle
Jul 10, 2017 Joann Hess
Jul 10, 2017 Ronda Reynolds
Jul 10, 2017 Rhonda Aldrich This would allow me to get a dog to help with high's and low's
Jul 10, 2017 Andrea Schnitzler
Jul 10, 2017 Ashley Diaz
Jul 10, 2017 Lacey Lee
Jul 10, 2017 Connie Walker
Jul 10, 2017 Connie Swanson
Jul 10, 2017 suzanne chapis
Jul 10, 2017 Dana Anderson-Grams I know I would benefit from a DAD! Cost is beyond prohibitive.
Jul 10, 2017 Amber Fischer As a Type 1 Diabetic with hypoglycemic unawareness, an alert dog would be beyond beneficial. Not only would these angels save lives, but the insurance companies would save money due to emergency room visits that could have been prevented.
Jul 10, 2017 Lajeanne Leveton
Jul 10, 2017 Alycia Hosking
Jul 10, 2017 Jessie Metcalf
Jul 10, 2017 Jamie Young
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Jul 10, 2017 Robin Patten
Jul 10, 2017 AMY williams
Jul 10, 2017 Tina Tipper Insurance should cover this a lot of diabetics need this I know I do but can not ever afford it
Jul 10, 2017 Heather Hardin
Jul 10, 2017 Sharon Duffy Save lives cover diabetic alert dogs🐶🐶🐶
Jul 10, 2017 Cheryl Allen
Jul 10, 2017 Lori Visioli
Jul 10, 2017 Kristin Johnson
Jul 10, 2017 Christopher Barnes I currently have a 10 month old French Mastiff that I'm training to be a Diabetic Alert Dog. She continues to amaze me with her abilities.
Jul 10, 2017 Kristen Galizio
Jul 10, 2017 Jennifer Walker
Jul 10, 2017 Dottie Viar
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