OREGON / Oppose Restrictions on Access to Testing

Oregon is proposing a policy that may risk the long term health of people with type 2 diabetes, restricting Medicaid-funded strips from Type 2s, not on insulin and with A1C under 8. This jeopardizes the health or PWDs in Oregon and would set a dangerous precedent.

Act now, diaTribe has a petition opposing this proposalPlease sign it now! The vote is in just a few days on December 5.

From diaTribe:

Oregon’s Health Evidence Review Commission (HERC) recommended reducing access to test strips for people with type 2 diabetes on the Medicaid-funded Oregon Health Plan (OHP). A new plan would severely restrict access to strips for type 2 patients unless they are newly diagnosed, take insulin, or meet a few other special requirements. For people not taking insulin – which covers the vast majority, about 70% of all type 2 patients – those with an A1c above 8.0% would be entitled to one test strip per week, while those with an A1c below 8.0% would not be provided with any test strips at all.

This recommendation would severly limit test strips and set a dangerous precedent for other states looking to cut overall health care costs. It’s difficult to understand how the HERC imagines people with an A1c below 8.0% will manage their diabetes without test strips, and a test strip every week is hardly meaningful for patients or providers. Furthermore, any cost reductions will likely be more than canceled out in the long-term due to increased complications, hospital visits, and operations that inevitably folow poor control.

Oregon Contacts

Governor John Kitzhaber @GovKitz
OR Public Health @ORPublicHealth
Oregon DHS ‏ @OregonDHS
Senate by district
1 Jeff Kruse @SenatorJKruse Sen.JeffKruse@state.or.us
2 Herman Baertschiger Jr.​ @SenBaertschiger Sen.HermanBaertschiger@state.or.us
3 Alan Bates Sen.AlanBates@state.or.us
4 Floyd Prozanski Sen.FloydProzanski@state.or.us
5 Arnie Roblan Sen.ArnieRoblan@state.or.us
6 Lee Beyer Sen.LeeBeyer@state.or.us
7 Chris Edwards Sen.ChrisEdwards@state.or.us
8 Betsy Close @SenBetsyClose Sen.BetsyClose@state.or.us
9 Fred Girod Sen.FredGirod@state.or.us
10 Jackie Winters @SenatorWinters Sen.JackieWinters@state.or.us
11 Peter Courtney Sen.PeterCourtney@state.or.us
12 Brian Boquist Sen.BrianBoquist@state.or.us
13 Larry George @Sen_George Sen.LarryGeorge@state.or.us
14 Mark Hass Sen.MarkHass@state.or.us
15 Bruce Starr Sen.BruceStarr@state.or.us
16 Betsy Johnson @senbetsyjohnson Sen.BetsyJohnson@state.or.us
17 Elizabeth Steiner Hayward @ESHforOregon Sen.ElizabethSteinerHayward@state.or.us
18 Ginny Burdick Sen.GinnyBurdick@state.or.us
19 Richard Devlin Sen.RichardDevlin@state.or.us
20 Alan Olsen @SenatorOlsen Sen.AlanOlsen@state.or.us
21 Diane Rosenbaum @Sendiane Sen.DianeRosenbaum@state.or.us
22 Chip Shields Sen.ChipShields@state.or.us
23 Michael Dembrow @michaeldembrow Sen.MichaelDembrow@state.or.us
24 Rod Monroe Sen.RodMonroe@state.or.us
25 Laurie Monnes Anderson Sen.LaurieMonnesAnderson@state.or.us
25 Chuck Thomsen Sen.ChuckThomsen@state.or.us
27 Tim Knopp sen.timknopp@state.or.us
28 Doug Whitsett Sen.DougWhitsett@state.or.us
29 Bill Hansell Sen.BillHansell@state.or.us
30 Ted Ferrioli Sen.TedFerrioli@state.or.us


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