American Diabetes Association Applauds the Passage of Kentucky House Bill 98
March 5, 2014
The American Diabetes Association (Association) is pleased to announce the passage of Kentucky House Bill 98, a key piece of legislation in the fight to keep children with diabetes medically safe at school. This bill, which was signed in to law today by Governor Beshear, allows school staff to volunteer to be trained to assist children with diabetes with insulin administration and, in an emergency situation, to administer glucagon. In addition, the bill allows children, if they are capable to do so, to self-manage their diabetes while at school.
The bill was sponsored by Kentucky State Representative Robert R. Damron (District 39), who is now serving his 11th term in office. A similar bill was introduced in the state senate by Kentucky Senator Julie Denton (District 36). Denton has served in the state senate since 1995 and has been a champion in the fight to keep children with diabetes safe at school along with Representative Damron.
“The Association is grateful for the tireless commitment of our diabetes advocates, and Representative Damron and Senator Denton to ensure the passage of this vital legislation,” said Stewart Perry, Kentucky State Advocacy Chair, American Diabetes Association. “The new legislation will provide peace of mind to children living with diabetes and their parents, ensuring that access to diabetes care may be made available even when a school nurse is not.”
For several years, volunteer diabetes advocates from the American Diabetes Association; Kentucky Voices for Health; Protection and Advocacy; the Kentucky Diabetes Network and many others have helped to raise awareness and build critical support to ensure the successful passage of this legislation.
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 98 will remove that risk by allowing volunteers to be trained in every school in Kentucky 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. For the past 75 years, our mission has been to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.