Proceedings, Debates of the U.S. Congress
THE FIGHT TO CURE DIABETES
(House of Representatives - July 25, 1996)
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[Page H8381] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] THE FIGHT TO CURE DIABETES (Mr. NETHERCUTT asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.) Mr. NETHERCUTT. Madam Speaker, today is a new day in the fight to cure diabetes. Not only Members of Congress but every group who is dedicated to curing this disease and preventing its health consequences, from the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation to the American Diabetes Foundation to the Coalition for Diabetes Research, they are all concerned about and they are united behind legislation that has been introduced by the gentlewoman from Oregon [Ms. Furse] and me and sponsored by over 230 other Members of Congress. We all realize that the complications of diabetes can be prevented if the 16 million American diabetics and over 100 million diabetics internationally have the proper education about their disease and the means to take care of themselves. This legislation does just that, Madam Speaker. It allows Medicare to cover the cost of diabetes education and the cost of blood testing and monitoring, critical factors if we are to reduce the $100 billion it costs American society each year to combat the results of diabetes. I urge all my colleagues and the other 200 who have not sponsored it yet to support this legislation and give life to the fight against diabetes. ____________________