JDRF is constantly working to ensure the needs of the type 1 diabetes (T1D) community are heard loud and clear by Members of Congress. Currently, JDRF is relentlessly advocating for a renewal of the Special Diabetes Program (SDP) and urging lawmakers to reject any healthcare reform legislation that limits or makes it harder for people with T1D to access affordable, comprehensive healthcare.
Renew the Special Diabetes Program
The SDP is a critical program that provides $150 million annually to T1D research through the National Institutes of Health. Since its creation in 1997, the SDP has delivered life-changing therapies allowing many more Americans to live longer, healthier lives. SDP-funded T1D research has made significant progress toward better treatments, advances in prevention studies, and has brought us closer to the ultimate objective, a cure.
However, unless Congress takes action, the SDP will expire on September 30, 2017. We need Congress to renew the SDP so researchers can continue making progress toward a cure.
Please take action by personally urging your Members of Congress to support the renewal of this crucial program.
Oppose the Graham-Cassidy Healthcare Bill
In the coming days, the U.S. Senate is expected to vote on a healthcare bill that would put affordable, quality healthcare coverage out of reach for hundreds of thousands of Americans with type 1 diabetes–including weakening protections for people with pre-existing conditions like T1D.
By weakening pre-existing condition protections, cutting funding for the Medicaid program, and opening the door to annual and lifetime caps on healthcare coverage, the Graham-Cassidy bill would force the T1D community to pay more for coverage and get less in return.
Make your voice heard. Let your Senators know that the T1D community wants and needs affordable, quality healthcare coverage. The Graham-Cassidy bill is not a solution.