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Insurance Reform
Even as we continue to push forward in our efforts to see the recommendations of the DRWG implemented, we are making progress in other areas.

Just last week, the Massachusetts legislature passed a diabetes insurance reform law. Once the governor signs it, which is expected, it will become the 40th state to enact such a law.

This spring, Alaska became the 39th state and Utah became the 38th state to enact such laws.

These laws require many health plans to cover diabetes supplies and education as a basic benefit. Nearly 5 million people with diabetes now have guaranteed coverage of their supplies and education because of them.

These laws are a result of the hard work of ADA volunteers and staff along with American Association of Diabetes Educators and American Dietetic Association members. Thank you very much to everyone in Massachusetts, Alaska and Utah who made these efforts a smashing success.

Candles for Diabetes
Now, about the candles. Diabetes advocate Rosemary Adkins is working on a neat campaign in which you may want to take part. This year, during her Walk for Diabetes in August, Rosemary and her team will float lit candles in Puget Sound while they walk.

The candles can be personalized and are a great way to recognize someone with diabetes. The candles are $10 each and can be ordered by completing and returning the attached form or contacting Rosemary at

Many thanks for your continued support of diabetes advocacy and the American Diabetes Association.

Leading the fight to cure diabetes.

Joseph LaMountain
National Director of Advocacy
American Diabetes Association
1701 N. Beauregard Street
Alexandria, VA 22311

Posted 14 May 2000

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