Today’s guest blog comes to us from Dr. Howard M. Lando, a clinical endocrinologist practicing in Alexandria, Virginia and clinical professor at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He is the Chair of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) Legislative and Regulatory Committee and a member of AACE’s Board of Directors.
As a clinical endocrinologist in a busy endocrine group practice, I spend a substantial portion of my days caring for patients with diabetes whose conditions require diligent monitoring, constant problem-solving and unwavering commitment.
But the part I play in the battle to achieve optimal outcomes for patients doesn’t end with their medical care. Along with many of my colleagues in the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE), I am enthusiastically advocating for passage of the National Diabetes Clinical Care Commission Act (H.R. 1192/S. 586).
This landmark legislation calls for the creation of a public/private commission composed of the country’s foremost private and public sector diabetes experts to identify critical gaps and duplicative efforts in federal diabetes initiatives and make recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services and Congress regarding new approaches that will improve diabetes and pre-diabetes clinical care activities – activities which are currently spread across more than 35 federal agencies.
The commission would operate in a limited time frame and will operate at no additional cost to the government.
Initially introduced in Congress in 2012, the legislation has been re-introduced for the 114th Congress in the U.S. House of Representatives by co-sponsors Rep. Pete Olson (R-22-TX) and Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-2-IA) and the U.S. Senate by Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH). They are joined by an additional 28 Senate and 160 House co-sponsors, as well as members of AACE and more than 50 national organizations that publicly support passage of the legislation.
However, we need all of the help and support we can get to ensure that happens. And that’s where each and every person who works in the diabetes arena -- or has been affected in some way by the disease -- can make a difference.
You can play a part in addressing this major public health concern by calling the U.S. Capitol (202-225-3121), ask to be connected to your Representative or Senator and request their co-sponsorship of H.R. 1192/S. 586. Alternatively, you can send a pre-written email by visiting this link.
With your help, we can have legislation enacted that will be a giant step forward in addressing this major public health problem.