Reps. Rush, Fitzpatrick, Cohen, and King Introduce Bill to Direct Funds to Diabetes Prevention

Oct 30, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.), along with U.S. Representatives Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.); Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.); and Peter King (R-N.Y.), introduced the Diabetes Prevention Semipostal Stamp Act (H.R. 4914). Funds raised by this stamp will go toward the National Diabetes Prevention Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“More than 100 million adults suffer from diabetes or prediabetes across the country, including my late brother, who recently passed away due to complications related to the disease. That is one reason I have championed legislation that will help those suffering from diabetes, such as my Insulin for All Act.

“The Diabetes Prevention Semipostal Stamp Act is a part of that same effort — this time to prevent Americans from having to suffer from this debilitating disease, as well as related diseases, which often disproportionately affect minority populations.  This bill will not only raise awareness, but it will also allow the public to conveniently contribute to diabetes prevention activities,” said Rush.

“Diabetes is a disease that impacts families throughout my district. I am proud to work on legislation that will provide additional funding for the National Diabetes Prevention Program, and hopefully a cure,” said Fitzpatrick. “Creative funding solutions like this one are important to continuing the fight against diabetes and other diseases.”

“Memphis and Shelby County have some of the highest rates of type two diabetes diagnoses in the nation,” said Congressman Cohen. “This disease disproportionately affects minority populations, and we must do more to prevent it. This stamp will fund important programs through the CDC’s National Diabetes Prevention Program to help raise awareness for those at risk. This bill will help educate people about type two diabetes and through increased access to educational resources, we will continue to combat this disease.”

“Raising awareness and funds is essential to combating this crippling disease,” said Rep. King. “I am proud to work with Rep. Rush on this legislation and the fight to combat diabetes.”

Earlier this year, in response to out-of-control insulin costs, Rush introduced the Insulin Access for All Act of 2019 (H.R.366), which would eliminate the cost sharing requirement under Medicare and Medicaid for insulin.

For the millions of Americans at risk of developing diabetes, access to healthier food and regular exercise can reduce the incidence of diabetes in high-risk individuals by as much as 58 percent.  These preventive measures can decrease the risk of not only type 2 diabetes, but also the chances of heart and kidney disease.

The following U.S. Representatives also co-sponsored the Diabetes Prevention Semipostal Stamp Act:

Nanette Diaz Barragan (D-Calif.)

Karen Bass (D-Calif.)

Lisa Blunt Rochester  (D-Del.)

Susan Brooks (R-Ind.)

G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.)

André Carson (D-Ind.)

Yvette Clarke  (D-N.Y.)

Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.)

TJ Cox (D-Calif.)

Danny Davis (D-Ill.)

Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)

Sylvia Garcia (D-TX)

Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.)

Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.)

Robin Kelly (D-Ill.)

Ro Khanna (D-Calif.)

Barbara Lee (D-Calif.)

Daniel  Lipinski (D-Ill.)

Gwen Moore (D-Wis.)

Donald Payne Jr. (D-N.J.)

Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.)

Jamie Raskin (D-Md.)

Harley Rouda (D-OH)

Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.)

John Rutherford (R-Fla.)

José Serrano (D-N.Y.)

Terri Sewell (D-Fla.)

Albio Sires (D-N.J.)

Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.)