Advocacy Overview

Advocacy Overview

Transforming lives with action.

Our advocacy efforts include supporting government funding for diabetes research and programs, improving access to affordable medications and technologies, ensuring access to health care, supporting insulin affordability, preventing type 2 diabetes, fighting discrimination, and much more.
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We bring the everyday stories and struggles of people with diabetes directly to Members of Congress. Diabetes is a growing epidemic that cannot be ignored, so when bills are introduced on the federal or state level that positively affect people with diabetes, we are among the first to show support. We fight to support funding for diabetes research and programs to prevent, manage, and cure this terrible disease. We work to make insulin affordable and ensure quality health care is available to everyone. And we protect people who are discriminated against because of their diabetes.

Our message is amplified through the voice of our advocates. No one knows the true cost of diabetes better than those who manage it every day. Have you considered the skyrocketing costs of insulin and having to choose between paying for it—to live—or paying for groceries? How about the fear of losing your job because you’ve had one too many hypoglycemic episodes at work, or having to leave your job to administer insulin to your child at school? Many Americans don’t even have access to adequate health care, and we believe health equity is a human right. These are just a few examples of the MANY obstacles people with diabetes face daily.

Find out how the ADA's advocacy supports research funding, health care access, and more.

Take action and make a difference. Learn about the advocacy priorities at the state and federal levels, as well as those for legal advocacy.

Our priorities

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Grassroots Advocacy

Get everything you need to become a diabetes advocate and make an impact. Learn how to sign up as an advocate, take action, see our priorities, access resources, and more.
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Federal Advocacy

The ADA fights for people with diabetes to thrive by advocating for their rights, increased funding for diabetes programs and research, and so much more. Get the opportunity to speak directly with the legislators of your state and make diabetes a priority in Congress.
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State Advocacy

View statistical data about diabetes in your state. See which state bills are being actively considered and take action!
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Understanding your Rights

As a person living with diabetes, you have certain rights at school, at work, in public places, and more. Learn more about your rights and how we can help.
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Cost of Diabetes

Living with diabetes imposes a massive cost on more than 37 million Americans today. The American Diabetes Association invites you to join us as we work to address and bring down the Cost of Diabetes Care together, as a community, fighting for change.
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Advocacy News

Read the latest advocacy-related press releases and statements.

See what you can do

Learn about what bills our advocates are taking action on right now!