Today was the launch of the Diabetes Access Matters campaign on the Diabetes Patient Advocacy Coalition’s (DPAC) website.

I am so excited to see the diabetes patient community unite to raise their voices against insurance companies deciding treatment plans; something that should be between patients and their doctors.

Some of the actions patients can take include:

  • Sending a message directly to health insurance companies about how restricting access is harmful for patients,
  • Share images along with #diabetesaccessmatters on all social media outlets,
  • Send a letter to the editor of a local news outlet,
  • Tweet to the top health insurance executives,
  • Tweet out information out to your followers with #diabetesaccessmatters
  • Share personal stories about restricted access and,
  • Share the fact sheet. The more people educated about this issue, the stronger our voice becomes.

It was rewarding to have a hand in this project and can’t wait to see what change is made when the movers and shakers of the Diabetes Online Community come together.

This is the kind of stuff that gets me up in the morning. Because the thing is, this is not just an issue between one insurance provider and one manufacturer. The scope is bigger than that, and many patients are impacted by the decisions of their insurance companies.

Insurance companies have waged a war on the wrong community, and we won’t stop until every diabetic has the choice of what treatments options work best for them, and the access for them to have what they need.


Check out the press release here.




  1. marklore713 · July 6, 2016

    Abby, one of the suggestions for actions was not complete and where could we find contact information on those people most likely to affect policy?


    • abbylore95 · July 7, 2016

      Hi Mark,
      Just needed to add the hashtag #diabetesaccessmatters if/when you tweet about this issue.
      Secondly, there is an action to send a letter to top insurance company executives (http://act.diabetespac.org/dpac/app/write-a-letter?0&engagementId=224533). You can customize this letter and send it directly to CEO’s and Chief Medical Officers. I would start there. As the campaign builds we will continue to take more actions so that we are combating this issue from every possible angle.


      • marklore713 · July 7, 2016

        Thank you for this. I will use the information you sent and get moving!

        Mark S. Lore



  2. abbylore95 · July 7, 2016

    i fixed it! lol it was just adding a hashtag


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