American Diabetes Association Applauds the Passage of Arizona House Bill 2042

Alexandria,
April 19, 2013

The American Diabetes Association (Association) is pleased to announce the passage of Arizona House Bill 2042,  a key piece of legislation in the fight to keep children with diabetes medically safe at school. This bill, which was signed by Governor Janice Brewer on April 11, allows school staff to volunteer to be trained to assist children with diabetes with insulin administration and allows children, if they are capable to do so, to self-manage their diabetes while at school. 

The bill was sponsored by Arizona State Representative Heather Carter (R – District 7), who took office in 2011. Representative Carter is the Chair of the House Health Committee, and a member of the Education and Environment Committees. She focuses on legislative issues related to health care and education reform.

“The American Diabetes Association appreciates the support of House Bill 2042’s sponsor, Representative Heather Carter,” said Craig Morgan, Phoenix Advocacy Chair, American Diabetes Association. “Governor Jan Brewer, who signed the legislation, and all the legislators and organizations that supported the bill have helped to ensure students with diabetes across Arizona are safe and healthy, and have equal access to educational opportunities.”

An estimated 215,000 children are living with diabetes in the United States. These children have 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, children with diabetes are put at serious risk if no one, including a school nurse, is present at school to help with daily and emergency diabetes care. House Bill 2042 will remove that risk by allowing volunteers to be trained in every school in Arizona to provide the diabetes care these children need, and deserve to learn and be healthy.

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. 

About the American Diabetes Association

More than 30 million Americans have diabetes, and every 21 seconds another person is diagnosed with diabetes. The American Diabetes Association (Association) is the global authority on diabetes and since 1940 has been committed to its mission to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. To tackle this global public health crisis, the Association drives discovery in research to treat, manage and prevent all types of diabetes, as well as to search for cures; raises voice to the urgency of the diabetes epidemic; and provides support and advocacy for people living with diabetes, those at risk of developing diabetes and the health care professionals who serve them. For more information, please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETESS (1-800-342-2383) or visit diabetes.org. Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish. Find us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn)