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AACE Asks Medical Professionals and Diabetic Patients to Appeal to Congress

AACE is asking for support for the National Diabetes Clinical Care Commission Act which would create a public-private commission composed of endocrinologists, other front-line diabetes health care providers, patient advocates and representatives from federal agencies involved in diabetes care activities….

The commission’s charge is to identify critical gaps in existing federal diabetes clinical care initiatives, ineffective or redundant activities that should be discontinued, and new approaches that are needed to stem the tide of the U.S. diabetes epidemic. The commission will submit its recommendations for better leveraging the federal government’s investment in diabetes-related programs to the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services and Congress.

The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) commends Representative Pete Olson (R-22-TX) for introducing this legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives (H.R. 1071) and Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) for introducing the legislation in the Senate (S. 539). Both bills were introduced on Tuesday, March 12.

"With 26 million adults and children in our nation suffering daily from this debilitating condition, the stakes couldn’t be any higher," says Alan J. Garber, M.D., Ph.D. and President of AACE. "Then you factor in the 35 percent of the U.S. population that is prediabetic and the 17 percent of our country’s children and adolescents who are obese, a known precursor to diabetes, and it becomes evident that unless we invest federal dollars wisely and create innovative approaches to diabetes care, the impact to our economy and healthcare system could be catastrophic."

The legislation has been endorsed by the American Diabetes Association, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Medical Association, The Endocrine Society and the Pediatric Endocrine Society.

To signify support for the bill (H.R. 1074/S. 529), members of the public are encouraged to send a message to their Congressional representative and/or Senator.

To find your Representative, visit: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/.

To contact your Senator, visit: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

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