American Diabetes Association Applauds the Passage of Connecticut House Bill 5348
June 15, 2012
The American Diabetes Association is pleased to announce the passage of Connecticut House Bill 5348, a key piece of legislation in the fight to keep children with diabetes medically safe at school. This bill, which was signed by Governor Dannel P. Malloy earlier today, allows school employees to volunteer to be trained to assist children with diabetes when they are experiencing low blood glucose by administering an injection of glucagon, a potentially life-saving hormone. The bill also allows students to self-monitor their glucose level, when and where needed, with written permission from both their parent and physician, helping to better manage their disease.
“Today, my family and I applaud Governor Malloy for signing Connecticut House Bill 5348 into law,” said George Hosey, an advocacy volunteer for the American Diabetes Association. Hosey’s son Anthony has type 1 diabetes, and his experience at school prompted the legislation. “We are gratified that no other child with diabetes in Connecticut will ever again have to endure what our son and our family went through to ensure that their basic rights to manage their diabetes, and their health, while at school are met.”
The bill was sponsored by Connecticut State Representative Tom Reynolds (D –Ledyard), who took office in 2004. His tireless effort and unflagging support for this bill were instrumental in its introduction and passage.
“This could be a matter of life and death,” said Rep. Reynolds. “If there is a student with diabetes in crisis, time is of the essence. Minutes are the enemy. There must be trained staff in the building to administer a life-saving injection.”
An estimated 215,000 children are living with diabetes in the United States. Diabetes is a disease that must be managed 24/7, including the many hours spent at school, on field trips and in extra-curricular activities. Every day, these children are put in dangerous situations, if no one is present at school to help with the medications they need to stay healthy. House Bill 5348 will allow for school employees in Connecticut schools to be trained to provide the diabetes care these children need in an emergency when a nurse is not available.
To address barriers to diabetes care at school, the Association created its Safe at School campaign. Through this campaign, the Association is dedicated to making sure that all children with diabetes are medically safe at school and have the same educational opportunity as their peers.
The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to Stop Diabetes and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Since 1940, our mission has been to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (800-342-2383) or visit diabetes.org. Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.