OLYMPIA, Wash.-- Tri-Cities Senator Jerome Delvin hosted the 10th annual Diabetes Day in Olympia Monday. Diabetics and advocates came out, wearing red, to lobby for programs to help cut costs and educate people about the blood sugar disease.
Senator Delvin, 8th district, is the chair of a new Diabetes Caucus, which had their first meeting Monday morning to kick off Diabetes Day. Delvin was also diagnosed as a type-two diabetic 15 years ago and says that helps him understand some of the issues facing people with diabetes. He says those include, "the cost of the test strips: some type 1's need to do that up to 7 times a day... The cost of the insulin pumps, and programs that can assist people who don't have healthcare insurance."
Senator Delvin says there's no legislation on the table about diabetes this year, but the diabetic caucus's main goal has been preserving funding for existing programs.