American Diabetes Association Applauds the Passage of Missouri House Bill 675

Alexandria,
July 8, 2013

The American Diabetes Association (Association) is pleased to announce the passage of Missouri House Bill 675, a key piece of legislation in the fight to keep children with diabetes medically safe at school. The bill was signed by Governor Jay Nixon on July 3 and allows school staff to volunteer to be trained to provide basic diabetes care, including administering insulin and glucagon, a life saving injection that is needed when a child is suffering from dangerously low blood glucose levels. The bill also allows children, if they are capable to do so, to self-manage their diabetes while at school. 

The bill was sponsored by Missouri State Representative Jeff Grisamore (District 047), who took office in 2006 and is a member of the Appropriations - Health, Mental Health, and Social Services committee. Senator Scott Rupp (District 2), a strong champion for the cause, introduced the Senate version of the bill and played a vital role in helping House Bill 675 pass the state Senate.

“The American Diabetes Association appreciates the dedication and persistence of Representative Jeff Grisamore and Senator Scott Rupp in passing House Bill 675,” said Mary Lawrence, St. Louis Advocacy Chair, American Diabetes Association. “With Governor Nixon’s signature, from this day forward, no child in Missouri will lack the support and care they need to manage their diabetes and stay safe at school.”

A strong commitment from volunteer diabetes advocates, including Kansas City-based advocates Amy Johnson, a former American Diabetes Association National Youth Advocate, and her father, Dave Johnson, a current member of the Association’s National Advocacy Committee, helped to raise awareness for this important cause and helped to ensure the successful passage of this bill.

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 675 will remove that risk by allowing volunteers to be trained in every school in Missouri 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. 

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. Founded in 1940, our mission is 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 www.diabetes.org. Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.