DelBene to Bring Local Diabetes Patient and Health Care Advocate to State of the Union Address
Congresswoman DelBene has announced that Dana VanBuecken – a patient with type 1 diabetes from Kenmore who has dedicated her life to researching diabetes and advocating for a cure – will be her guest at the State of the Union Address on Tuesday.
VanBuecken, a mother of four, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes 13 years ago, and attended an event last year hosted by DelBene and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to promote the Lower Drug Costs Now Act (H.R. 3). As a research nurse practitioner and member of the Diabetes Clinical Research program at Benaroya Research Institute, VanBuecken has seen insulin – a drug necessary for the survival and health of patients with Type 1 diabetes – go from costing her a manageable $100 per month after insurance to an unreasonable $600 per month over the course of the last decade. With the cost of her insulin pump, glucose monitoring supplies, and doctors visits, VanBuecken currently pays over $1000 per month after insurance to manage her diabetes. Despite having to make many sacrifices to afford her medication, VanBuecken considers herself lucky to have a supportive family and a fulfilling career that allows her to afford her insulin. However, if insulin prices continue to rise at the current rate, this may not be the case for long.