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Advocates to State Senate: Diabetes patients can’t afford to wait on 'life-saving' bill

Antonio Ray Harvey | California Black Media

Californians living with diabetes, a group of doctors and some African American healthcare advocates are asking the state Senate to take up -- and quickly vote on -- an “urgent” public health bill that lawmakers have put on ice. If passed, the legislation would place a $50 cap on monthly co-payments insurers require diabetic patients to cover when buying their insulin treatments. 

Take this 48-year-old African American man living with diabetes in Los Angeles. Dr. Bill Releford, the podiatrist in Inglewood who shared the man’s story, calls him Jamal M. to maintain his privacy. Releford specializes in reducing the amputation rate related to diabetes and helping diabetic patients suffering from poor circulation.