Our pediatric diabetes quality improvement program has the ultimate goal of improving health outcomes and quality of life for our patients and families. We also recognize our patients and families have concerns regarding legal policies that affect diabetes management. Here you can find helpful links and petitions relating to your child's diabetes care.
Affordable Insulin Petition
With the average price of insulin skyrocketing in recent years -- nearly tripling between 2002 and 2013 -- more and more of our family members, our friends, our neighbors, and ourselves are faced with tough choices to pay for this lifesaving drug. The American Diabetes Association is calling for increased transparency and more affordable insulin. If you are interested, sign their petition here.
Federal Budget Advocacy
Do you have concerns about the new/proposed federal budget and how it affects your/your child's diabetes coverage and general healthcare? If so, we encourage that you contact your federal congressman or woman to express your concerns. You can find your local representative by clicking here.
Children's Special Health Care Services (CSHCS) Advocacy
Do you have concerns about CSHCS coverage related to the OmniPod insulin pump and/or continuous glucose monitor (CGM)? There are not typically covered by CSHCS, and we know that it has been a barrier to care for many of you. If you would like to make the State aware of these difficulties and advocate for coverage for these items, take a moment to write a letter or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Detail your concerns, share your child’s story (if you are comfortable), and let them know why this coverage is so important. Please include your contact information when doing so.
School Nurse Awareness Campaign
The goals of the school nurse campaign are to bring awareness to parents about the shortage of school nurses in Michigan, provide information about the role of the school nurse, share tips on working with schools to support student health needs, offer resources to parents, and share patient stories. Stay tuned as we will continue to share updates as this effort continues!