It is with immense joy that I share with you the good news: with your help, 268 U.S. Representatives and 71 Senators expressed their support for the Special Diabetes Program by signing onto the House and Senate Special Diabetes Program Dear Colleague letters! You can view the House letter here, and the Senate letter will be up on www.diabetes.org soon. This is a great first step as we work toward the program’s reauthorization this year.
The SDP represents an important investment from the federal government to combat, prevent and cure diabetes. It has produced advances in halting and reversing the complications of diabetes; progress in identifying environmental triggers of type 1 diabetes; and a 28% reduction in the incidence of end-stage renal disease in the Native American communities – among its many other accomplishments.
Last month, we asked those of you living in the Congressional districts and states of Representatives and Senators who had yet to sign-on to this letter of support to email your legislators encouraging them to do so. And your voices were heard!
Together, we will continue to educate Members of Congresson the importance of SDP and work toward its reauthorization. But for now, let’s all celebrate this first success in our efforts toward extending this vital program into the future.Sincerely,