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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Do You Want To Spend $700 More For Diabetes Every Year?


Voice Your Opposition to CA AB 1893 (Stone, Eggman) – Safe Sharps Disposal Bill

This bill is co-sponsored by the California Refuse Recycling Council and will require that a sharps waste container be sold with the purchase of sharps in the State of California.  It also requires that sharps customers receive information about the proper and legal disposal of sharps, including information about disposal locations and more detailed tracking of needles sticks in the workplace.  If passed, the legislation will require the purchase of a sharps container with every syringe, lancet and infusion set we buy.

In an attempt to support the bill, proponents accuse people living with a variety of diseases and conditions, specifically diabetes, of being uneducated about sharps disposal and throwing them in the trash or flushing them down the toilet because we don’t know what to do with used sharps.  This is not only PATENTLY FALSE, but it also furthers the BIAS and DISCRIMINATION that people with diabetes already face.

The bill passed assembly and is now will be heard by the Assembly Appropriations Committee, chaired by Assembly Member Mike Gatto.  Letter in opposition must arrive by Tuesday, April 22, 2014, to be included in the committee bill analysis.

We must do all we can to oppose the bill!


Click here to see the letter I sent to the Committee.


When Do You Need To Act:

Before May 14, 2014.  The State Appropriations Committee will discuss the bill on May 14, 2014.  It’s imperative to act before the Appropriations Committee reviews the bill.

Here’s What You Can Do:

1.  Fax a Letter to Your Elected Official.

Click here for the letter, download it, import your name, address, phone number, email address and fax it to the following legislators.

The most efficient course of action is to fax your letter to Chairman Gatto’s office.

Assemblymember Mike Gatto, Chairman of the Appropriations Committee
State Capitol
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249
FAX: (916) 319-2143

Fax Other Assembly Appropriation Committee Members:

Assemblymember Toni Atkins, Speaker of the Assembly
State Capitol
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249
FAX: (916) 319-2178

Assemblymember Dr. Richard Pan
State Capitol
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249
FAX: (916) 319-2009

Assemblymember Mark Stone
State Capitol
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249
FAX: (916) 319-2129

2.  Leave A Message On Your Elected Officials Comment Page.

See below for links to the comment pages:

Pan Comment Page — https://lcmspubcontact.lc.ca.gov/PublicLCMS/ContactPopup.php?district=AD09

Stone Comment Page — https://lcmspubcontact.lc.ca.gov/PublicLCMS/ContactPopup.php?district=AD29

Eggman Comment Page — https://lcmspubcontact.lc.ca.gov/PublicLCMS/ContactPopup.php?district=AD13

3.  Tweet or Blog About Your Opposition to AB 1893 Using the Hashtag #OpposeAB1893.

Below are some key Twitter accounts and sample Tweets you can use:

Twitter accounts of key stakeholders:

Twitter accounts of key media:

Here are a few sample tweets you can use:

4.  Post Your Comments on the State Representatives Facebook pages.

5.  Points You Can Make When You Call Or Write

  • People with diabetes (like me/my child/my family member) will be hit hard by this bill; we will have to pay an extra charge every time we buy the supplies needed to stay alive and healthy.
  • We already spend much more of our income on medicine and medical supplies than most people. We need help, not extra costs. This bill could add up to $700 to our annual diabetes expenses.
  • Most people with diabetes already follow the law, which requires sharps to be disposed in a safe container and already prohibits disposing sharps in the home trash.
  • The bill overlooks ADA and FDA guidelines that allow patients to use bleach or detergent bottles as sharps disposable alternatives.
  • This bill does nothing about the sharps that are disposed of by illegal drug users, posing a danger to waste workers.

Medicare Needs to Cover CGMs!


cgms denied

There are many seniors and people on Social Security Disability (SSD) and Medicare with T1D.  Some have severe issues with low blood sugars.  Some of these issues include hypoglycemic insensitivity, passing out, insulin shock and seizures and, in some cases, TIA (mini-strokes).  Continuous Glucose Monitors (CGMs) are designed to alert the user as blood sugar drops hopefully avoiding these episodes.  Private insurance and Medicaid cover GGMs… MEDICARE SHOULD AS WELL!

Currently, Medicare does not consistently cover CGMs.  THIS NEEDS TO CHANGE!  We need to use our voices to make a difference.  Let’s join Elizabeth Merker by signing her petition or by sending a letter to Medicare urging them to allow all T1D’s access to potentially life saving technology.

For a example of a letter to send to Marilyn Tavenner, Administrator/Coo for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services or to sign the Petition, click here!