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Strip Safely is all about access to quality tools to live effectively with diabetes. Good friend and newest member of the StripSafely Editorial Team Catherine Price shared this information about access to pumps in Arizona.

 

Hello, StripSafely Friends.

March 26 2014,

Yesterday it came to my attention that Arizona’s legislature is currently – as in right this moment – in the process of deciding whether to approve a budgetary amendment that would restore insulin pump coverage for the state’s adult insulin-dependent Medicaid recipients. (Currently once you turn 21, AZ’s Medicaid won’t cover your pump, no matter how crucial it is for your care.) If you are transitioning of a pump you know well and on to MDI you most unlikely are preoccupied and least likely to have time advocate for yourself.  And AZ is one of  only two states – other than Alabama – not to provide this coverage.

I am trying to get people from all corners of the DOC to ask their twitter followers to send tweets to the relevant AZ politicians (and journalists) TODAY to encourage them to include this amendment in the House version of the AZ budget. These should be encouraging tweets, not disparaging (at least not at this point!), lest we hurt this budding chance at an amendment the AZ’s house..

Can you guys help? I wrote a blog post at ASweetLife with more details (and the relevant twitter handles & email addresses) here:

http://asweetlife.org/catherine/blogs/insulin-pumps/urgent-please-help-arizonas-legislature-protect-poor-people-with-diabetes/35603/

One interesting – if disturbing note: the version of the budget passed by the AZ senate DID include a million dollars for Medicaid chiropractic services. But it did not do anything for insulin pumps – coverage for which is estimated to cost the state only $105,000 per year.

In other words, the House needs to hear from us!!

Many thanks for any help you guys can provide. (I’m away from my desk all day today and won’t have internet, so if I don’t immediately respond to anyone, that’s why.)

Hope you guys have great days (and blood sugars),
Catherine

Bennet Dunlap

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So, what do you think ?