Endocrine Society recognizes four Congressional Diabetes Caucus leaders with Diabetes Champion Award

November 14, 2018

Contact: Jenni Glenn Gingery
Associate Director, Communications and Media Relations
Phone: 202.971.3655
jgingery@endocrine.org
Contact: Colleen Williams
Manager, Public Relations
Phone: 202.971.3611
cwilliams@endocrine.org

Washington, DC - The Endocrine Society today announced it has chosen Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), Representative Tom Reed >(R-NY 23rd District), Senator Jeanne Shaheen >(D-NH), and Representative Diana DeGette >(D-CO 1st District) of the Congressional Diabetes Caucus as winners of its prestigious Diabetes Champion Award.

The award recognizes those members of Congress who have made a marked difference in the lives of people with diabetes through support for diabetes research funding and improved clinical care.

The Congressional Diabetes Caucus was formed in 1996 and has grown to be the largest caucus in Congress, with close to 350 members in the 113th Congress. The mission of the Congressional Diabetes Caucus is to educate members of Congress and their staffs about diabetes and to support legislative activities that would improve diabetes research, education, treatment, and access to affordable insulin.

The Endocrine Society’s 2018 Diabetes Champion Award winners are being recognized for their exemplary work improving diabetes care. This includes successfully obtaining $600 million over two years for the Special Diabetes Program, a program that funds type 1 diabetes research and education and prevention programs for Alaska Natives and American Indians through the Indian Health Service. These four members of Congress also played a key role in helping to enact legislation to provide Medicare coverage for blood testing strips, glucose monitors and diabetes self-management training.

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