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.
About the American Diabetes Association
Nearly half of American adults have diabetes or prediabetes; more than 30 million adults and children have diabetes; and every 21 seconds, another individual is diagnosed with diabetes in the U.S. Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization whose mission is to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The ADA drives discovery by funding 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 works to safeguard policies and programs that protect people with diabetes. In addition, the ADA supports people living with diabetes, those at risk of developing diabetes, and the health care professionals who serve them through information and programs that can improve health outcomes and quality of life. For more information, please call the ADA at 1-800-DIABETES (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)