28 petitions

Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Gavin Newsom

Save Lives! Include ALL Diabetics in the COVID vaccine rollout in California

I'm a type 1 diabetic, and I have been for over half of my life. It's an immune depressing disease that attacks the pancreas and prevents the body from producing insulin, the necessary hormone, to break down food nutrients and carbohydrates in the body. Diabetics are a very high-risk group when it comes to COVID. We are much more likely to face severe complications because of the way the coronavirus attacks the immune system.  Governor Gavin Newsom has excluded type 1 diabetics from the current phase of the vaccine rollout – leaving some of the most at-risk people vulnerable. Please sign to tell Gov. Newsom to listen to the science and make the COVID vaccine available to people with type 1 diabetes.  A recent study found that the risk of dying from COVID-19 was almost three times higher for people with type 1 diabetes and almost twice as high for type 2 than for those without diabetes. The diabetic community is also at higher risk of severe illness and hospitalization.  The medical community has urged the CDC to update their guidance to recognize type 1 diabetes in the same risk category as type 2. They know that the risk level is just as high for type 1 diabetics if they get COVID, but they have not answered those calls.  Gov. Newsom: Please listen to the science. This community is at risk. If you allow all diabetics to get a vaccine, you will save lives. 

Travis Gonzales
863 supporters
Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to Charlie Baker

Include People with Type 1 Diabetes at the Same Level as Type 2 for COVID Vaccine in MA

Dear Governor Baker, This letter is to urge you to recognize the science and listen to the medical community and prioritize people with type 1 diabetes at the same level as those with type 2 diabetes for COVID-19 vaccination. The data clearly supports this: The risk of dying from Covid-19 was almost three times higher for people with type 1 diabetes and almost twice as high for type 2 than for those without diabetes. People with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes who fall ill with Covid-19 have a three to four times higher risk of severe illness and hospitalization compared to people without diabetes. Compared with not having diabetes, people with type 1 diabetes had adjusted odds ratios of 3.90 for hospitalization and 3.35  for greater illness severity, which was similar to risk in type 2 diabetes. Leaders from 19 different health organizations have called on the CDC to update their guidance based on the data to recognize type 1 diabetes in the same risk category as type 2.   Massachusetts doesn't have to wait to change the state vaccination strategy to include people with type 1 diabetes as high risk. We urge you to make this change with a high degree of urgency. Thank you.    

Jessica vonGoeler
8,863 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Javier J. Rodriguez, CEO, William Valle

Hold Dialysis Corporations Accountable for Kidney Disease Awareness in Urban Communities

Kidney Disease is the 9th leading cause of death in the United States. While African Americans make up about 13 percent of the population, they account for 35 percent of the people with kidney failure in the United States. The biggest culprits fueling this epidemic are diabetes and high blood pressure.  In addition, an estimated 37 million American adults have chronic kidney disease, but most don't even know they have it. As a result of these staggering statistics kidney dialysis facilities have been opening in urban communities at an alarming rate. Rather than just profiting billions from a health epidemic that disproportionately affects African Americans and minorities, this petition calls on these corporations to show real social responsibility and tangible community involvement by creating public awareness and education about diabetes and high blood pressure in those areas most heavily impacted. This can include high-traffic advertisements such as street billboards, local TV ads, and social media buys, as well as sponsoring education and better-food programs in local schools. There are more than 6,000 dialysis facilities in the United States. If dialysis companies truly care about people with kidney disease, they should be a part of the viable solution, which is preventing it from occurring in the first place.

Steve Belcher
4,372 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Bill Lee, Mark Green, Marsha Blackburn, Bill Powers, Jason Hodges, Jay D. Reedy, Richard Briggs, Curtis G. Johnson, Katrina Robinson

Make Life Saving Insulin More Affordable

It's time for all Tennesseeans to have affordable insulin! My son, Trevon was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 4. We are fortunate enough to have good health insurance to cover the expensive cost of insulin and other diabetic related supplies.  Diabetics that are unable to afford their insulin run the risk of many health problems: Blindness, kidney failure, nerve damage, limb loss, depression, and death. Although diabetes has been around for centuries along with insulin, drug manufactures continue to raise the costs for this medicine versus developing a cure. I believe that families shouldn't have to worry about how they will buy life-sustaining medication while giant pharmaceutical companies rake in record-setting profits. This petition is not asking for free insulin. It is asking for fair pricing for medications that are needed to sustain life. Only we, the people of the United States of America can change things. Only we, are able to make our voices heard, raise awareness, and put a cap on what a diabetic has to spend monthly on a medication that they need to live and be a functional member of society.  Canada’s price for insulin is $90, and Colorado recently passed an insulin price cap of $100 per month. It's time for Tennessee to join Colorado in passing a price cap on this life-saving drug. The insulin price cap in Colorado has shown that it’s possible for states to take control of outrageous insulin pricing and as a result, to save lives. It’s time for Tennessee to join them in protecting Tennesseans with diabetes from avoidable health risks. I urge you to look into the legislation that Colorado passed as a potential example for Tennessee to follow.

Richard Garrett
78,574 supporters