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ALERT Please read the HR 2425 Bill ->>>view bill

Submitted May 4,2009

Funding for diabetes research – Tell your representative to request more diabetes funding for CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation and National Institute of Health

May 4th, 2009, Members of the House of Representatives have the opportunity to submit "programmatic asks", or requests for funding for programs they feel are important, to the Appropriations Committee. The Committee will then take these requests into consideration as the relevant subcommittees begin to discuss how much to spend on specific programs in the Fiscal Year 2010 budget.

The only way to increase funding for diabetes programs and research is for your Representative to understand that this is important back home. Ask your Reps. to request an increase in diabetes funding at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

We are asking Congress to consider the following:

1. Increase funding for the CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation (DDT) by one dollar for every person in the United States with diabetes an additional $23.6 million. This will fund crucial innovative, state-based disease programs in local communities across the country.

2. Increase funding for the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases at NIH by 7%. Dramatic discoveries have already been made about both type 1 and type 2 diabetes and this vital research needs to be continued.

Even during difficult economic times, these requests are fiscally responsible because the programs and research will produce much larger savings to our country by cutting down on health care spending in the long run.


Ask your Members of Congress to co-sponsor the Eliminating Disparities in Diabetes Prevention Access and Care Act.

We know that diabetes is an epidemic in our country but did you know that African Americans, Latinos, Asians, Pacific Americans, and Native Americans are hit even harder by this disease? 

Children from minority groups have nearly a 50-50 chance of developing diabetes in their lifetime. To make matters worse, the complications of diabetes - such as blindness, amputations, end-stage kidney disease and death - also impact minority groups at higher rates.

This bill, which was introduced earlier this week, will enhance public education and support culturally appropriate health promotion and prevention programs, fund research into the causes of these disparities and improve treatment of diabetes in affected populations.

With better knowledge of the causes and complications of diabetes in minority populations we can develop better treatments for all people with diabetes and we can change the future for our children, so they can beat the odds of living with diabetes.

Take Action by asking your Members of Congress to co-sponsor the Eliminating Disparities in Diabetes Prevention Access and Care Act.

Legislative Committee

Our State and Federal Legislators work for each of us. They need to hear our
voices in order to make decisions to meet our needs. Our strongest, most common
voice is our vote. Make sure that you are voting in your local elections and
plan to go out and vote in November.

As Healthcare Professionals we represent our fields of expertise, Diabetes
Educators, and patients. It is important to stay current on information that
affects our livelihood and the lives of our patients. Please take the time to go
online and read some of the current legislation that is up for consideration in
our state and at our Nation's Capitol. With the internet the information is
literally at your fingertips and is updated daily. Here are some quick
resources you can use:

State Information ->>

Federal Information

House of Representatives ->>
U.S. Senate->>

Here are some interesting pieces of legislation you may want to read:

Diabetes Care Coalition Testimony* must see! ->>

Federal Diabetes Caucus Goals for the 108th Congress: ->>

Limbaugh Statement to Congress Supporting Education and Supply Coverage ->>

Local Legislation: ->>

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ADA. You may have another professional organization that you would like to be
on the Action Alert for. This usually means that you have agreed to get emails
from the group and when something is going to be decided in the legislature, you
will be alerted and asked to send an email to your congresspersons.

To register for the Action Alert for AADE, visit the Legislative Section of AADE's web site. ->>

If you have further questions, please contact Denine Rogers, RD, LD GAADE's Legislative Chair Person.