Bustos Announces State of the Union Guest

Moline – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) announced that Cindy Ramos, a local advocate with the American Diabetes Association, will be her guest at President Trump’s State of the Union on February 4th, 2020. As a person living with diabetes, who has struggled to pay for her insulin, Ms. Ramos works to increase awareness of the impact that soaring prescription drug prices has on working Americans. This announcement follows an editorial penned by Congresswoman Bustos and Ms. Ramos.

“Americans are worried – and they have good reason. As drug prices skyrocket, people who depend on prescription medication – like Cindy Ramos – often find themselves choosing between rationing their insulin or paying the bills,” said Congresswoman Bustos. “House Democrats have passed the boldest prescription drug bill in a generation – as the President plans to address the nation, I hope he considers joining us in working to make life-saving medication more accessible for all.”

“After seeing first-hand how insulin prices impact the day-to-day lives of so many Americans, I knew I had to take action. I became an advocate with the American Diabetes Association to raise awareness and fight for those who need a voice – like I did,” said Cindy Ramos, volunteer advocate with the American Diabetes Association. “Congresswoman Bustos has been that voice for us in Washington. From working to pass transformative legislation, to putting accessible and affordable health care front and center of our national conversation, Congresswoman Bustos has been fighting right by my side. At this year’s State of the Union address, I hope the President will speak to those of us fighting for lower prescription drug prices.”

“The American Diabetes Association is committed to helping the millions of people living with diabetes and prediabetes live their best lives. We are excited to have ADA Advocates like Cindy in Washington engaging their Members of Congress about ways to address the issues that matter most to us, including the staggering cost of insulin and access to health care,” said Tracey Brown, CEO of the American Diabetes Association. “We look forward to working with Rep. Bustos and other lawmakers on meaningful actions that can help the nearly 115 million Americans with diabetes and prediabetes thrive and better manage their disease.”

Congresswoman Bustos has been a strong voice for health care – as the only member of House Democratic leadership from the Midwest, she has lifted up the unique health care needs of rural areas. Last year, Congresswoman Bustos held roundtables discussing health care and prescription drug prices in Peoria and Rockford.

Cindy Ramos is a local volunteer advocate with the American Diabetes Association. As a person living with diabetes, Ms. Ramos has experienced first-hand the challenges of rising drug prices. After Ms. Ramos lost her health insurance and applied for Medicaid, she learned that she was pregnant. While waiting for Medicaid coverage, she watched the monthly cost of her insulin skyrocket from $30 to $1200. Due to her struggle with diabetes and insulin access, her child was born two months premature and weighed only two pounds and 15 ounces. Without her insulin, doctors warned that she could have lost her baby. Now, Ms. Ramos dedicates her time to raising awareness of the need to make prescription drugs affordable and accessible to those who need them most.