Diabetes advocates put together for the 2021 legislative session


Diabetes advocates in Oklahoma say their mission is more important today than ever.

A mother of a type 1 diabetic tells us that lawmakers cannot afford to postpone progress for another year.

The 2021 legislature in Oklahoma begins February 1.

Diabetes advocates plead with state lawmakers, the Diabetes Caucus introduces seven bills that they say need action now.

Kim Koleber has been fighting on behalf of diabetics in Oklahoma for 33 years.

Her daughter Megan was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of three after battling the flu.

Koleber said Megan’s diagnosis was influenced by the flu virus, and Americans are experiencing something similar with the coronavirus.

The CDC reports that 40% of the people killed by COVID-19 also had diabetes.

“We talked about pre-pandemic diabetes or pre-pandemic diabetes being epidemic, and now we have a diabetes epidemic that is pandemic, and that now translates into crisis,” says Koleber.

Koleber tells 2 Works for You that she fears what diabetes will look like in America after a pandemic.

The impact of COVID on the diabetic community isn’t the only focus of this legislature, it’s also about reducing insulin costs.

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