Tracey D. Brown, Chief Executive Officer of the American Diabetes Association (ADA), issued the following statement in response to the unprecedented number of Members of Congress who invited people living with diabetes to join them at President Donald J. Trump’s State of the Union address:
“Tonight, at least 13 Members of Congress will host their constituents that are living with diabetes, and who represent the seven million Americans dependent on insulin, at the State of the Union address. They will elevate the voices of all people with diabetes and their families, many of whom struggle to successfully manage their diabetes as a result of the high cost of insulin and other prescription medications. We applaud these policymakers for hearing the cries of the millions of Americans living with diabetes who depend on insulin to survive. It is past time that Washington makes insulin affordability a national priority. We look forward to working with all Members of Congress, with President Trump and with the many state officials who are advancing policies to drive down the cost of insulin and other life-sustaining medications for people living with diabetes.”
The ADA continues to be the driving force in federal and state efforts to ensure that insulin is affordable and accessible for all people who need it. Take action today at diabetes.org/advocacy/platform.
If you are struggling to pay for insulin or know someone who is, the ADA has resources to help--visit InsulinHelp.org.
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About the American Diabetes Association
Every day more than 4,000 people are newly diagnosed with diabetes in America. Nearly 115 million Americans have diabetes or prediabetes and are striving to manage their lives while living with the disease. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization fighting to bend the curve on the diabetes epidemic and help people living with diabetes thrive. For nearly 80 years the ADA has been driving discovery and research to treat, manage and prevent diabetes, while working relentlessly for a cure. We help people with diabetes thrive by fighting for their rights and developing programs, advocacy and education designed to improve their quality of life. Diabetes has brought us together. What we do next will make us Connected for Life. To learn more or to get involved, visit us at diabetes.org or call 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383). Join the fight with us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn).