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JDF Washington Report
Vol. 1, No. 3, July 1, 1998

Juvenile Diabetes Foundation---Government Relations

JDF speaks out in the media about the need for more education for law enforcement about diabetes and other medical conditions following an incident of mistaking an insulin reaction for drunk driving.

Thomas Moore was pulled over and brutally beaten by police officers in Frederick, Maryland after he was spotted driving recklessly on June 12. Law enforcement mistook the man, a 34 year old with type 1 diabetes who was having a severe insulin reaction, for a drunk driver and claimed he was resisting arrest and acting belligerent. Even though the man had a medic ALERT tag hanging from his rear view mirror, the police beat him into submission with their night sticks and ordered a police dog to attack the man, who is currently recovering from bruises and bite marks. After the beating, the medic alert tag was discovered and paramedics were called to attend to Mr. Moore. JDF's government relations office worked with Capitol Chapter volunteer Brian Madden to participate in television interviews with the Washington, DC NBC affiliate. Capitol Chapter President-Elect Richard Linn sent letters to the editors of the Frederick News-Post and the Washington Post. The Frederick letter was published June 29 and we are awaiting publication from the Washington Post. JDF's statement ( and Dick Linn's letter ( can be found on the JDF web site We will keep you posted on upcoming legal activity with this case.

The House Appropriations Committee approves $320 million for VA medical research - Senate Appropriations Committee approves $310 million.

The House VA-HUD Appropriations Subcommittee approved $310 million for VA medical research. The full House Appropriations Committee then passed an amendment that added an additional $10 million to that figure totaling $320 million for VA medical research, an almost 20% increase over the FY1998 figure. The Senate Appropriations Committee recommended and approved $310 million. JDF is actively working with the medical research coalition Friends of the VA (FOVA) (of which JDF is an executive committee member) in support of a funding level of $325 million. JDF and the VA established a public-private partnership in 1996 with the goal of accelerating the application of diabetes research advances for the benefit of patients. Currently, JDF funds several research programs throughout the country and JDF's contribution to this partnership constitutes the single-largest non-profit grant in the history of the VA's medical research program.

JDF Alabama advocates convinced the Alabama Congressional delegation to send a letter to key appropriations members about the need for increased funding for diabetes research.

Led by Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), each congressman and senator from Alabama signed a letter sent to appropriations chairmen in the House and Senate to urge increased diabetes research funding. The JDF advocates in Alabama were also successful in signing up each of their House members to join the Congressional Diabetes Caucus. Congratulations! If any other state has had similar success, please let the JDF government relation's office know!

Juvenile Diabetes Foundation - Government Relations
1400 I Street, NW #500
Washington, DC 20005
1-800-JDF-1VOTE ex. 5 (800-533-1868)

Posted 5 July 1998

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