States have recognized the major effects diabetes plays, both in its impact on patients and on society.
As of mid-2009, 46 states and the District of Columbia have some law that requires health insurance policy coverage for diabetes treatment. Laws in Mississippi, Missouri and Washington require only that insurers offer coverage, but not necessarily include the coverage in all active policies.
Most states require coverage for both direct treatment and for diabetes equipment and supplies that are often used by the patient at home. The four states that do not have a mandate or insurance requirement are Alabama, Idaho, North Dakota and Ohio.
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