Gina of Diabetes Talkfest is trying to get the word out about a great opportunity for NY diabeaters and our friends! She writes:
If you are a New Yorker and have been denied coverage by insurance or would like coverage for the Continous Glucose Monitoring systems I have great news.
A friend of mine spoke personally to NY State Assemblyman Robert Sweeney tonight. Here is what transpired.
Assemblyman Sweeney said that when he wrote the diabetes laws (anyone active in anything to do with diabetes in NY State know we commonly call them the Sweeney Diabetes Laws), he positioned it as such that the NY State Health Commissioner AT HIS DISCRETION can add to the existing law, any diabetes product, medicine or technology that he deems necessary to be mandated for coverage by insurance companies in NY State. He does not even need an act of legislation, he can merely add to it.
Assemblyman Sweeney has sent a letter to the Commissioner about adding CGMs.
I was informed by my contact that we all need to send letters VIA SNAIL MAIL (NOT email, or fax) directly to the NY State Health Commissioner if you want your voice to be heard. If we respond in huge numbers he will hear us. RAISE YOUR VOICE.
Let Commissioner Richard Daines know that we are in support of his correspondence with Assemblyman Robert Sweeney that the Continuous Glucose Monitoring Systems should be included on the list for mandatory insurance coverage in New York State.
Here is the mailing address:
Commissioner Richard F. Daines
NY State Health Commissioner
State of New York
Empire State Plaza
Albany NY 12237
Also, I would like it if you could mail me a copy of your letter as well, via snail mail, (you can contact me and I will send you my mailing address privately) or if you can make an electronic copy of your letter with your address whited out and send it to my email address email@example.com
I will post all the letters written on the Diabetes Talkfest. Our voice will be heard!
Thanks Gina, for organizing this. I will be writing for sure.
Coming soon to a theater near you…
(I have lots of things to write about but they will have to wait)
One year ago today, P’ito landed on U.S. soil with us.
It’s been quite the year: new baby, new city, new home, new job.
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It’s been the craziest, most joy-filled year of my life.
Thank you Pili, for helping me to realize my dreams, and thank you P’ito, for making us a family of three and realizing our dream.
I don’t have words for how much my heart swells when I look at you both.
p.s. Over on the right there is a new button for “Erin’s Shop.” I first met Erin when we were visiting P’ito and she and her husband were fostering their daughter in Antigua. P’ito has been home for a year – and they are still there. If you would like to help us celebrate this first family day, or if you have any sort of gift-giving need coming up in your life – please click through and take a look at the beautiful crafts Erin is making using Guatemalan textiles. In addition to being works of art, they’re also her family’s primary source of income right now. In honor of our first anniversary of being a family – won’t you please help someone else achieve that goal?