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37.3 Million Americans have Diabetes: When will Congress Act?

Pharmacy Benefits Manager Transparency Act of 2022
Senator’s staff Chuck GrassleyThe office came to us to discuss their legislative solutions to the complicated PPE system, including the Pharmacy Benefit Manager Transparency Act of 2022. The bill was recently introduced by Senator Grassley and the Senator and Commerce Committee Chair Mary Canwell from Washington. The PPE Transparency Act calls on the Federal Trade Commission to address PPE practices that affect patients and payers and introduce much-needed transparency into the drug pricing system.

Heal 2.0
The 21st Century Cures Act, passed in 2016, has been a game-changer for many patients. By accelerating the development and approval of medical products, new innovations reach patients faster than ever before. Congressman DeGette and her colleague, Congressman Fred Uptondiscussed their proposed successor Cures 2.0.

DeGette and Upton underscored the importance of Cures 2.0 capabilities in accelerating patient access to innovative treatments by fully funding federal research and providing regulators with the resources needed to assess safety and efficacy. Innovation has transformed the diabetes management landscape, which DeGette experienced in her own family, after her daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. She shared how prompt and equitable coverage of innovative treatments in federal programs is critical to helping Americans with diabetes and reducing costs to the US health care system.

Treat and Reduce Obesity Act of 2021
Diabetes prevention is just as important as research and addressing affordability issues. Obesity may play a critical role in the development of type 2 diabetes; obesity occurs in 90 percent of American adults age 18 or older who have been diagnosed with diabetes. As a medical congressman Brad Wenstrup understands the health implications of obesity and the stigma that prevents patients from getting the treatments they need. He has worked to get the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act of 2021 passed so that FDA-approved chronic weight management and obesity treatment medications from nutritionists, clinical psychologists, and dietitians would be covered by Medicare.

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Congressman Donald Payne from New Jersey shared some of his personal experiences with type 2 diabetes and its complications. He is a co-sponsor of TROA and other legislation to help those with or at risk for the disease and address diabetes disparities in communities of color and other disproportionately affected populations.

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