Advocacy Team Meets with Congressional Leaders


Two members of our Advocacy Committee traveled to Washington, DC last week as part of JDRF’s Government Day. JDRF advocacy volunteers from across the country descend on Capitol Hill during this annual event to lobby for those affected by T1D.

Chris Martin and Chris Tapio met with Northern California Congressional members and staff, soliciting their support for renewing the federal Special Diabetes Program, ending the pharmaceutical rebate system to lower insulin costs, and preserving healthcare protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions.

The Special Diabetes Program (SDP), a $150 million per year federal program that is advancing research to prevent, treat and ultimately cure T1D, will expire if Congress does not renew it this year.  So far, more than half of California’s Congressional delegation – both Democrats and Republicans – has pledged to support SDP renewal this year!

Rep. Jerry McNerney (Stockton) and Rep. Ami Bera (Elk Grove) are among those that Chris and Chris met with in Washington, DC.

If you would like to get involved with advocating with your member of Congress please sign up to be an advocate at, or email Chris Martin, Advocacy Team Chair, directly at