OKLAHOMA CITY – In Oklahoma, more than 450,000 adults, or over 14% of the adult population, has diabetes with more than one million having prediabetes according to the American Diabetes Association. As the mother of a son with Type 1 diabetes and the co-chair of the Legislative Diabetes Caucus, Sen. Carri Hicks, D-Oklahoma City, knows how expensive treatment can be, and wants to help Oklahomans by reducing the cost and burden of the disease. She explained one of the main problems is that public and private health plans generally cover long-term diabetes complications, including amputations, blindness, end stage renal disease, heart attack and stroke, but not individualized care.
“The pandemic has added urgency to the state’s dire need to address comprehensive health care reform across the individual, small group, public and employer-based health coverage markets. This has been especially true for individuals with diabetes who have greater risks from COVID-19,” Hicks said. “Affordable insulin is the bedrock of diabetes management for one in three people with diabetes – but insulin is only one piece in a mosaic of medicines, medical devices, software, supplies, services, medical nutrition therapy and diabetes self-management education and support the disease demands.”
Hicks has filed seven bills that address copay caps, rebates pass-through, transparency in billing, IRS federal guidance, Standards of Care and non-medical switching.
For more information, contact: Sen. Carri Hicks: (405) 521-5543 or Carri.Hicks@oksenate.gov
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