Thursday, May 11, 2006

We Did It!

Health Care Coverage Protected for Millions of Americans with Diabetes


ALEXANDRIA, VA (May 11, 2006) L. Hunter Limbaugh, Chair of the National Advocacy Committee of the American Diabetes Association, issued the following statement in response to today’s defeat of “The Health Insurance Marketplace Modernization Act” (S.1955), which would have resulted in the loss of critical health care coverage guarantees for over 85 million Americans, including millions of Americans with diabetes. On Thursday, the U.S. Senate, on a 55-43 cloture vote, failed to keep the bill viable for future consideration.

“Today, millions of Americans with diabetes dodged a bullet. Because of the vote in the U.S. Senate, state health coverage for diabetes has been protected. We are proud of the dedication and passion of tens of thousands of diabetes advocates who, for several months, have contacted their elected officials to express their strong opposition to this legislation. We thank all Senators who took the time to hear those concerns.

“This bill was fundamentally flawed, as it would have jeopardized the health care coverage that millions of Americans with diabetes rely upon daily to manage their disease and prevent its serious and costly complications. S.1955 would have enabled health insurers to bypass existing state health protections, including coverage in 46 states and the District of Columbia, for life-saving diabetes supplies, medication, education, and treatment. Moving forward, ADA is eager to work with legislators from both parties to expand affordable, adequate and accessible health insurance to small businesses and other Americans who are uninsured and underinsured.”


Statement of the American Diabetes Association on Today’s Cloture Vote on S.1955, the “Health Insurance Marketplace Modernization Act”
Taken from the ADA Advocacy website

I'm cutting and pasting and crying right now as I think about what the defeat of this bill means for my son and for everyone else with diabetes.

Thank God.

11 comments:

Penny said...

This is great news!! I refered to your blog in my post so people could read about what went on.

Penny said...

P.S. I'm crying too, but happy tears for a change.

Jamie said...

That is wonderful news Sandra. I'm so glad it didn't go through.

Big sigh of relief now.

Beanie Baby said...

Yay! I'm so happy for all of you.

Shannon said...

What a relief!!!!!!!

art-sweet said...

Yippity do da, Yippity yay, my oh my what a wonderful day...

On the to do list: If your senator helped to put nails in the coffin, call him or her and say thanks!

julia said...

Yay!!!! I got this info earlier, on the CWD email list. So great!

Now if we can just get the fucking NSA to stop listening to all our phone calls....

terrilynn said...

Thank you for sharing such fabulous news.

Ellen said...

When I phoned Senator Mel Martinez' office and learned of his SUPPORT for this bill, I was very clear about my disappointment with him ONCE AGAIN as a Senator and his lack of good compassion for his constituents. I was shaking with anger. So I fired off some emails and begged more people to phone his office as well as Senator Bill Nelson's office. Thankfully Bill Nelson had concerns and voted against.

Anonymous said...

Both of North Carolina Senators voted in favor of the bill. Burr actually was a co-sponsor after he thought it would get him the support of small business groups. Senator Dole ( where is Liddy) never responds to any emails, faxes, calls or letters. We, North Carolina Residents, need to dump both of this people in the next election.
Dennis

Angie said...

Gosh I had never heard about it. What hole was I in? This is great news!