Federal Priorities

Federal Funding for Diabetes Research and Programs

  • Increase funding, and promote policies to further diabetes research and programs, at the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Diabetes Translation.
  • Funding for the Special Diabetes Programs for type 1 research and programs in American Indian/Alaska Native communities.
  • Funding for the National Diabetes Prevention Program to  support community-based programs to prevent type 2 diabetes.
  • Seek innovative ways to increase overall federal funding dedicated to diabetes research and programs.
  • More information on federal funding.

Health Insurance

  • Ensure public and private health insurance options, including those under the Affordable Care Act, Medicare, Children’s Health Insurance Program, and Medicaid, provide affordable access to the services, medications, technology, and education necessary to meet the needs of people with diabetes and prediabetes.
  • Advocate for improved delivery of care through system reforms that lead to high quality, affordable, effective, efficient, and collaborative care for people with diabetes.


  • Prevention of type 2 diabetes for individuals with prediabetes and in the general population, including efforts to reduce obesity and improve nutrition and physical activity.
  • Promote regulatory pathway for discoveries that could prevent type 1 diabetes.
  • More information on prevention.


  • Ensure fair treatment of people with diabetes, focusing on employment.

Health Disparities

Diabetes Medications and Devices

  • Provide scientific expertise on the need for improved means to  treat and monitor diabetes and prediabetes with focus on ensuring medically sound criteria for evaluation, patient reported outcomes, and establishing needed regulatory pathways.

Federal Coordination on Diabetes

  • Support efforts to coordinate quality diabetes care across all federal agencies engaged in the care and management of diabetes.

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  • Last Reviewed: February 26, 2016
  • Last Edited: June 2, 2016

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