Help Stop Oregon from Severely Restricting Test Strips for People with Diabetes

Help Stop Oregon from Severely Restricting Test Strips for People with Diabetes

    1. Petition by

      diaTribe

At a recent meeting of Oregon’s Health Evidence Review Commission (HERC), the state panel recommended reducing access to test strips for people with type 2 diabetes on the Medicaid-funded Oregon Health Plan (OHP). A new plan would severely restrict access to strips for type 2 patients unless they are newly diagnosed, take insulin, or meet a few other special requirements. For people not taking insulin – which covers the vast majority, about 70% of all type 2 patients – those with an A1c above 8.0% would be entitled to one test strip per week, while those with an A1c below 8.0% would not be provided with any test strips at all. 

This recommendation would severly limit test strips and set a dangerous precedent for other states looking to cut overall health care costs. It's difficult to understand how the HERC imagines people with an A1c below 8.0% will manage their diabetes without test strips, and a test strip every week is hardly meaningful for patients or providers. Furthermore, any cost reductions will likely be more than canceled out in the long-term due to increased complications, hospital visits, and operations that inevitably follow poor control. 

The decision is currently scheduled for December 5. If you are a person with diabetes or a caregiver, we encourage you to sign this petition and write to Oregon Health Authority’s Director Dr. Bruce Goldberg and the members of the HERC about the importance of having access to test strips and self-monitoring blood glucose.

Read more about the issue and what you can do at diaTribe.org

To:
Don't restrict test strips for people with type 2 diabetes.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    News

    1. An Update on Oregon

      On December 5, Oregon’s Health Evidence Review Commission voted on a revised proposal on reduced access to test strips for people with type 2 diabetes. The new proposal will now provide 50 test strips to newly diagnosed type 2 patients, and then 50 strips for every 90 days if the patient starts using a diabetes medication. This is much better than having no strips for people with an A1c under 8.0% and only one strip per week for those with an A1c over 8.0%. Please read our updated piece about the Oregon meeting for more details at diatribe.org/issues/59/new-now-next/9.

      Thank you for your incredible support! We’re so glad for the many diabetes advocates that made their voices heard and who helped prevent the worst-case scenario. The diaTribe Foundation hopes to continue work on these issues and to advocate on behalf of all people with diabetes. To stay updated, you can sign up for our mailing list at diatribe.org/user/register.

    2. Reached 3,000 signatures

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    • Jeanie Partlow PORTLAND, OR
      • about 16 hours ago

      I am a diabetic on insulin and with no test strips it is playing russian roulette on taking my insulin. It is important to know what my blood sugar is in order to take the appropriate medicine. Knowledge is power.

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    • Caroline Roberts PORTLAND, OR
      • 13 days ago

      I'm signing because test strips cost a lot, and they are critical for diabetics to be able to control their blood sugars.

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    • christy walk FLEETWOOD, PA
      • 3 months ago

      I am doing this for Grandma and Uncle Harry and my cousin Kelly (Smith)

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    • Derrick Jeffries PORTLAND, OR
      • 4 months ago

      I live in Oregon. The state just wasted millions in a failed attempt to construct a health care web site. Are there any legislators or decision makers who have foresight?? And we actually pay these people to make these decisions. I am thinking of another way to save the state money...

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    • Kenneth Oatman SHAKOPEE, MN
      • 4 months ago

      These people have no business making decisions that could kill thousands of people every year. That's exactly what they are doing.

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