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Unprecendent Class Action Civil Rights Complaint

Children with Diabetes Sues CA School Districts for Denial of Glucose Monitoring and Insulin Administration At Schools

How can you tell if  a school is discrimi- nating against your child with diabetes?
According to Cynthia Halvorsen, RN (June 1999 ,
Diabetes Health Magazine ) you should make a fuss if your child's school:

1. Limits trips to the bathroom or water fountain.

2. Forces your child to go to the office to treat hypoglycemic reactions.

3. Sends your child home alone because of low blood sugar.

4. Schedules lunch at 10:20 a.m., when school starts at 8 a.m..

5. Forces your child to go to the office to test blood sugars

6. Insists that gym class has to be immediately before lunch.

7. Insists that hypoglycemia will not negatively impact cognitive function.

8. Denies the child's right to keep a glucose meter in the classroom.

9. Denies permission to carry glucose tablets, labeling them as contraband, either as medicine or as candy.

10. Insists that the only inter- vention for a diabetic medical emergency allowed is calling 911.

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Diabetes can often raise legal issues in addition to health issues, particularly concerning a health insurer’s responsibilities.  If you are the parent of a diabetic child, you are likely to face another set of challenges concerning the care your child needs and receives while they are in school.  IOH can help. Use our “ask a lawyer” page to post questions that a lawyer might be in the best position to answer.  We’ll submit the questions to a lawyer, and post the answers.

Jeffrey I. Ehrlich with his daughter, Elizabeth (type 1)

The lawyer, Jeffrey Isaac Ehrlich, is a cum laude graduate of the Harvard Law School, and is certified by the State Bar of California as an appellate specialist.  He has argued appeals in the United States Supreme Court, the majority of the United States Circuit Courts, and in the appellate courts throughout  California.  His practice emphasizes the rights of insurance policyholders to receive insurance benefits, and particularly the rights of people with health insurance to receive the medical care they are entitled to.


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If you live in California and need legal assistance in getting your diabetes supplies or care covered, or face discrimination at school or the workplace The Ehrlich Law Firm may be able to help.  Mr. Ehrlich is the parent of a child with type 1 diabetes and understands first-hand the unique legal and personal challenges of diabetes that you may be facing.

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Questions Archive

Are private religious schools required by law to accept diabetic students?  No, not unless they receive government funding.

Question from A woman from Pennsylvania:

...I have health insurance through my employer. A state mandate is in place for coverage of Diabetic Supplies. The insurance company will only cover 50% of my daughter's pump supplies - classifying them as DURABLE MEDICAL.  The fine line comes in because - they are "covering" them. I have tried many avenues, to no avail. I have even writen to 2 legislators. I have contacted many government agencies, and filed a complaint with the PA insurance department....

Legislative Highlights

States that have enacted diabetes health insurance coverage laws:

Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

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Page Updated 10/25/2006