Policy Advocacy

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.

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)? These devices 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 an email to msapolicy@michigan.gov. 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!

Access to Continuous Glucose Monitors

 

For people living with diabetes, continuous glucose monitors (CGMs) provide significant benefits for diabetes management and help patients avoid or delay serious complications and hospitalizations. However, some Medicaid programs make it difficult for patients to get CGMs. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) advocates for Medicaid coverage of CGMs for those who need it as well as the elimination of overly restrictive barriers to the technology.

Have you ever been denied Medicaid coverage for a CGM or had to overcome difficult eligibility criteria to obtain the device?

  • Were you unable to get your CGM covered because you have type 2 diabetes?

  • Did requirements to test your blood sugar at least 4 times a day create a barrier?

  • Did requirements to give insulin at least 3 times a day create a barrier?

  • Did you experience lengthy delays due to a complicated prior authorization process?

  • Did you experience any other challenges getting approval for your CGM?

 

If you answered YES to any of these questions and would like to help the ADA change some of these difficult requirements, please reach out to Gary Dougherty, Director of State Government Affairs (gdougherty@diabetes.org) or 1-800-676-4065 ext.4832), and schedule a brief conversation. See this flyer for more details.