According to a January 9 press release from the American Diabetes Association (ADA), a new law in the state of Michigan requires health policies to cover supplies, medications and related services for people with diabetes within 90 days.
The law, which was signed by Governor Engler, is known as the Diabetes Cost Reduction Act (DCRA). The ADA says it is the “first significant health-insurance reform enacted in Michigan in over a decade.”
According to the ADA press release, “The DCRA ensures that affected Michigan health policies cover insulin, oral medications, insulin pumps, blood-glucose testing supplies, physician and diabetes-education services, and other supplies related to day-to-day diabetes management.”
In addition, the law requires health plans to develop educational programs to help prevent at-risk Michigan residents from getting type 2 diabetes.
“Michigan families will no longer face cumbersome managed-care denials for the basic diabetes medical care they require to survive,” says Martha M. Funnell, MS, RN, CDE, vice president of health care and education for the ADA and president of the Michigan Organization of Diabetes Educators. “Enabling people to obtain and afford necessary diabetes supplies and services as part of their basic health-policy coverage will help save lives, and prevent serious complications of diabetes like amputations, blindness and kidney failure.”
The DCRA requires insurance and managed-care policies governed by the state of Michigan to cover and reimburse for necessary diabetes supplies and services. The legislation is virtually identical to laws enacted in 42 other states, including California, Texas, New York, Illinois, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Florida.