Diabetes Testing Supplies
 
American Council of the Blind
Resolution 2013-17
 
Summary
 
This organization directs its legislative and advocacy staff to meet with the co-chairs of the Congressional Diabetes Caucus in the House of Representatives, and with other members of Congress who will assist in addressing the issues raised in this resolution in order to ensure that diabetics who are blind or visually impaired have access to the widest possible array of testing options
 
WHEREAS, it is particularly important that diabetics who are blind or visually impaired protect their extremities in order to ensure that they retain the maximum feeling and sensitivity in fingers and other appendages; and
 
WHEREAS, it is thus essential that diabetics who are blind or visually impaired are able to obtain testing strips and supplies that are best suited to their individual medical needs, and that best guard against neuropathy and other conditions that can cause loss of sensitivity; and
 
WHEREAS, regular and accurate testing of blood sugar is often essential for the maintenance and control of diabetes; and
 
WHEREAS, diabetics who are blind or visually impaired must use specialized meters in order to independently obtain testing results; and
 
WHEREAS, such meters often require specialized testing strips; and
 
WHEREAS, cost and limitations in availability of transportation often necessitates use of mail-order delivery of testing supplies; and
 
WHEREAS, Medicare has implemented a system of competitive bidding, often awarding contracts to medical suppliers which deal in obscure brands and testing products significantly less usable by diabetics who are blind or visually impaired; and
 
WHEREAS, private insurers and other governmental insurance programs often pattern their coverage policies in response to coverage decisions made by Medicare; and
 
WHEREAS, some non-Medicare insurance providers are already reducing coverage of diabetic testing options based on the Medicare competitive bid policies;
 
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that this organization direct its legislative and advocacy staff to meet with the co-chairs of the Congressional Diabetes Caucus in the House of Representatives, and with other members of Congress who will assist in addressing the issues raised in this resolution in order to ensure that diabetics who are blind or visually impaired have access to the widest possible array of testing options, even if testing supplies are obtained through mail-order suppliers.
 
Adopted.
 
Marlaina Lieberg, Secretary