ADVOCACY

Thank Your Representative for Helping to Renew the SDP

We are excited to report that today the U.S. House of Representatives approved a one-year extension of the Special Diabetes Program (SDP), at the current funding level of $150 million, as part of the 'Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014' (H.R. 4302).  The U.S. Senate is now expected to consider the legislation by Monday, March 31st.

Please take a moment to email your Representative and thank him/her for the one-year renewal of the SDP. Also, please share this alert with friends and family, asking them to send their thank you to Congress as well.

Be sure to personalize the second paragraph with why the SDP is personally important to you!

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Thank You Representative for Helping to Renew the SDP

Dear [Decision Maker],

As your constituent, I am writing you today to express my sincere appreciation for the one-year renewal of the Special Diabetes Program (SDP), that was included in the 'Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014' (H.R. 4302) legislation.



The Special Diabetes Program is a federal program that works. The SDP has enabled scientists to make further advances in type 1 diabetes (T1D) cure therapies, prevention studies and treatment improvements, including artificial pancreas technologies and ground-breaking advances in vision improvement among people with diabetic eye disease. The extension of funding will allow this great research and other important clinical trials to continue without interruption.

With the incidence rising and the cost of diabetes growing so rapidly - in addition to the burden the disease places on individuals and their families - I am so pleased that Congress is addressing this issue with strong bipartisan support for the SDP. Your support gives great hope to millions of Americans who are personally impacted by this disease.

Thank you.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]

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