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Concerned about coverage for preexisting conditions, including diabetes? Here's what you can do.

Let's be clear—the only side we're on here is the side of people with diabetes. However, since anyone reading this is likely to have diabetes or have it in the family, we all have an interest in whether diabetes care remains covered by insurance.

One of the key provisions of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) was to prevent insurance companies from denying coverage or charging you more due to diabetes or any other preexisting health issue.1 However, the U.S. Senate has already voted to repeal the act without a replacement in the works. Because there is no other plan on deck, we can't be sure whether it would also cover preexisting conditions, or what might happen in the meantime.

That's why it's critical to make sure your voice is heard—and we're not talking about posting on social media. Your elected representatives need to know that coverage for preexisting conditions is important to you.

What can you do?

  • Sign up with DPAC. The Diabetes Patient Advocacy Coalition is committed to keeping you informed and lobbying elected officials to do the right thing. It's free, so join now.
  • Call or write to your electeds. The U.S. Government lookup site will help you find your senators and representatives, and a quick phone call to say "I'm counting on you to protect coverage for preexisting conditions and diabetes" makes a powerful impression. You can also use the lookup and letter on the DPAC website.
  • Know what's really happening. The internet is a breeding ground for bad information, so whenever possible, go directly to your provider, an established news source or the American Diabetes Association for updates you can trust.

1HHS.gov. Pre-existing conditions. Available at: https://www.hhs.gov/healthcare/about-the-law/pre-existing-conditions/ind.... Accessed January 23, 2017.

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