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Celebrities and children come together to ask for federal funding for diabetes research

BY Anna Mcgrath

WASHINGTON Nick Jonas, Mary Tyler Moore, Sugar Ray Leonard and kids with Type 1 diabetes testified before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs on the need for Type 1 diabetes research funding.

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Children’s Congress involved more than 150 children and teenagers representing all 50 states. A Town Hall panel of athletes and celebrities impacted by diabetes, individual visits for each kid delegate with their senators and representatives, and a trip to visit with President Barack Obama at the White House were other highlights at the event. 

“With your help, we’re making real progress towards discovery, development, and delivery of cures and significantly improving the health outcomes of people with Type 1 diabetes and its complications,” said Moore, who was diagnosed as an adult, testified. “With your help, new life-changing therapies and cures will, finally, be within our reach.”

 

The Senate hearing, “Type 1 Diabetes Research: Real Progress and Real Hope for a Cure,” included testimony from Moore, Jonas, Leonard, Griffin Rodgers, director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases and four children with Type 1 diabetes. The hearing was chaired by Senator Susan Collins.

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NBGH recognizes employers that promote healthy living

BY Alaric DeArment

WASHINGTON A nonprofit organization has awarded more than 60 employers for promoting healthy living.

The National Business Group on Health announced Wednesday that it had recognized 63 large employers as the winners of the “2009 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles” award.

“We are proud to recognize 63 large employers for their unparalleled commitment to a healthy workplace and for making their employees’ health and well-being a top priority,” NGBH president Helen Darling said. “Employers know first-hand that a healthy workforce is essential to increasing productivity and to maintaining a competitive edge in the new global economy.”

Companies that won the award – given in Platinum, Gold and Silver categories – included Hannaford Supermarkets, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, CVS Caremark, General Mills, Wal-Mart, Cardinal Health, Meijer and Target.

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MinuteClinic becomes participating provider in all CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield plans

BY Antoinette Alexander

MINNEAPOLIS MinuteClinic is now a participating provider in insurance plans offered by CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., the company announced on Wednesday.

Nearly 3.4 million CareFirst members now have in-network access to MinuteClinic healthcare centers located inside select CVS/pharmacy stores in Maryland and portions of northern Virginia in the CareFirst service area.

Previously, MinuteClinic was a participating provider with CareFirst’s preferred provider and federal employee plans in Maryland only.

“This is an important development in the growth of our business in Maryland and northern Virginia as we expand access to care to new customers,” stated Chip Phillips, MinuteClinic president. “By offering high-quality treatment in a convenient setting, we are working with CareFirst to help reduce healthcare insurance expenses for its members, as well as time spent away from members’ families and the workplace.”

MinuteClinic, which is owned by CVS Caremark, has about 500 locations in 25 states.

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