Congressman Al Green Met with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of Houston for Health Care Weekend of Action

Jun 14, 2019 Issues: Health Care

(Houston, TX) - On Friday, June 14, 2019, Congressman Al Green held a roundtable with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) of Houston and families affected by type-1 (juvenile) diabetes. Congressman Green, advocates, and families discussed how consistent attacks on the Affordable Care Act have affected groups like JDRF and individuals suffering with the chronic effects of type-1 diabetes (T1D).

Congressman Green stated, “Today I was pleased to meet with advocates for and individuals affected by type-1 diabetes in honor of Health Care Weekend of Action. According to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, there are roughly 1.25 million Americans currently living with type-1 diabetes. About 40,000 Americans are diagnosed annually. I had the opportunity to be enlightened on several aspects of this disease that plagues communities of color at disproportionate rates.

“We discussed Type-1 diabetes becoming increasingly more common for adults and that it does not solely affect children or adults diagnosed during childhood.  One person indicated that some families with insurance pay tens of thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket costs. It was explained that insurance companies can override a physician’s prescription based on what the insurer will cover contrary to what the physician prescribed. We were shown improved technologies to monitor and manage blood sugar levels. I am proud to be actively working to address the needs of T1D patients and their families as well as individuals battling other chronic illnesses with various legislation.

“During the 116th Congress, I have supported protecting Americans with preexisting conditions (H.R. 986), lowering prescription drug costs (H.R. 987), and negotiating prescription drug prices under Part D of the Medicare program (H.R. 1046). Several adamant attempts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and its benefits have been made since Republicans took control of the House in 2010 and President Trump took office in 2017. We cannot repeal the ACA without replacing its benefits with a better bill. Now that Democrats have regained control of the House, it is imperative that Members of Congress work to strengthen the ACA and make health care in America better than ever.”

Spokespersons from the foundation indicated that, “Insulin prices can present a financial struggle for working and middle-class families. We have paid as much as $11,000 in one year of out-of-pocket costs even with an ACA insurance plan. At the end of the day, our children would die without insulin. It’s not optional, elective, or special. Insulin is vital and should be included as essential coverage for type-1 diabetes patients.”