Kentucky’s Diabetes Day at the Capital will be held on February 21, 2019

Kentucky’s Diabetes Day at the Capital will be held on February 21, 2019 at the Capital Room 171 Annex, beginning at 8:15am!

Diabetes is at epidemic levels in the state of Kentucky! Funding for diabetes is not guaranteed in the state’s biennial budget! This is a call to action to contact your legislatures about securing funding and supporting the following bills. The bills are listed with a preceding paragraph depicting the importance of the bill in relation to diabetes.

CDC Recognized National Diabetes Prevention Programs (DPP) have been proven to significantly reduce the risk of developing diabetes, more than medication alone. The following bills help with stopping the Diabetes Epidemic.

BR 467 R. Alvarado   Direct the Department for Medicaid Services to study the potential impacts of implementing programs similar to the Kentucky Employee Health Plan's Diabetes Value Benefit plan and Diabetes Prevention Program for Medicaid beneficiaries in the Commonwealth; direct the department to submit a written report of its findings to the IJC on Health and Welfare and Family Services.

 

BR 483 R. Alvarado Urge all private health insurance providers doing business in Kentucky to study the potential impacts of implementing programs similar to the Kentucky Employees' Health Plan's Diabetes Value Benefit plan and Diabetes Prevention Program and to implement similar programs if the results of their studies indicate a likelihood of cost savings or improved client health outcomes.

 

Preventing diabetes at school is most effective when there is a partnership among students, parents, school nurse, health care providers, teachers, counselors, coaches, transportation, food service employees, and administrators. Being physically active lowers the risk for type 2 diabetes because it helps the body use insulin better, decreasing insulin resistance. Physical activity improves health in lots of other ways, too, from controlling blood pressure to boosting mental health.

 

BR 324 K. Mouser AN ACT relating to healthy goals for the school children of the Commonwealth.    

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 158 to establish the goal of increasing time for physical activity to 20 minutes per day or 100 minutes per week in all schools with kindergarten through grade 5 by November 1, 2020; require the Kentucky Department of Education to identify model programs, provide resources and assessment tools, develop a checklist for collecting data for public reporting, encourage physical activity plans in schools containing grades 6 through 8, report to the Interim Joint Committee on Education and the Interim Joint Committee on Health and Welfare and Family Services by December 1, 2019, and annually thereafter on progress toward meeting the goal, and share aggregate school district and county data with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

 

For millions of Kentuckians with diabetes, including all individuals living with type 1 diabetes, access to insulin is a literal matter of life and death. There is no day off and no medication that can be substituted for insulin. No individual in need of this life-saving medication should ever go without it.

 

BR 271   AN ACT relating to pharmacists.

Amend KRS 217.215 to permit pharmacists to dispense a prescription refill in an amount equal to the standard unit of dispensing for the drug without authorization by the prescribing practitioner in emergency situations in which such authorization may not be readily or easily obtained; require the Board of Pharmacy to promulgate administrative regulations to carry out these provisions.

 

Breast milk contains antibodies that help babies fight infections; it also can affect insulin levels in the blood, which may make breast-fed babies less likely to develop diabetes and obesity.

 

BR 465 R. Thomas AN ACT relating to breast-feeding.

Amend KRS 211.755 to establish that a mother breast-feeding a child or expressing milk in any location, public or private, where the mother and child are otherwise authorized to be shall report any violations to the local health department, independent health department, or county health department, having jurisdiction for the county in which the violation occurred; require the local health department, independent health department, or county health department to conduct an investigation of any reported violation; amend KRS 211.990 to establish a fine of $500 for the first offense and $1,000 for each subsequent offense for any person or municipality that violates KRS 211.755(2) or (3).

Thank you for your support and immediate attention to these matters!

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