Worried About The Affordable Care Act? Turn Your Worry Into Action!

January 26, 2017

A message from We Are Diabetes Founder and Executive Director Asha Brown:

Thereís a great deal of uncertainty for those who live with a preexisting condition right now given the current political climate. This issue is deeply personal to every individual and family that lives with chronic illness. I think itís important that we channel our anxiety and concern about the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) into effective action.

As an avid worrier I know all too well how much worrying about the unknown can consume every waking moment of my day; leaving me useless to function in the ďnowĒ of my life. I used to let my personal self-care fall apart and Iíd forgo my commitments and responsibilities; just so I could give myself more mental and physical space to worry even more!  As my personal recovery continues to deepen Iíve become more tuned in to how negative the effects of worrying about the unknown can be.

Now, when faced with a situation where a resolution remains to be certain I do my best to ensure that Iím focusing on what is within my control in order to promote a favorable outcome. In regards to the unknown fate of the ACA I know the best thing I can do to support the continuation of this lifesaving program is to participate in the initiatives that the Diabetes Patient Advocacy Coalition (DPAC) generates.

The following is a quote from DPACís Founder and CEO (and my dear friend) Christel Marchand Aprigliano:

"Every day we make a choice to be healthy, especially for those with diabetes and ED. We face internal struggles, which is up to us to conquer and seek support from trusted sources, like WAD.

But how much influence do you have over the external struggles that we're facing right now in the U.S. political system? Where are the resources and support for us in government? Who will help to keep us motivated and fighting for our continued health on a political advocacy front? More than you think. And DPAC can help.

Diabetes Patient Advocacy Coalition (DPAC) is the WAD of diabetes policy advocacy. We are the patient voice in diabetes policy and we are an easy way to take action and share our stories with policy makers. By joining DPAC (it's free!), your message on protecting the health of all people with diabetes and ED can be quickly sent. 

DPAC focuses on safety, quality, and access to diabetes medications, devices, and services for all people with diabetes. We share information on issues that we all need to know, and then with a few clicks, you can send messages to your policy makers (and insurers, too!). 

We fight every day to stay healthy as individuals. DPAC helps us fight to stay healthy as a community."

Please take a few moments to sign up for DPAC and help us protect a program that has allowed so many of WADís clients to finally be eligible for insurance. There is still time to protect this lifesaving program!

Asha Brown

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