Federal Priorities

Federal Funding for Diabetes Research and Programs

  • Increase funding for 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.
  • Reauthorization of Special Diabetes Programs for type 1 research and programs in Native American/Alaska Native communities.
  • Funding for the National Diabetes Prevention Program to support community-based programs to prevent type 2 diabetes.
  • Increase funding dedicated to diabetes research at the Department of Defense and the Veterans Health Administration.
  • 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 access to the services, tools 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, effective, efficient, and collaborative care for people with diabetes.



  • Ensure laws and policies result in fair treatment of people with diabetes, focusing on employment and the Safe at School campaign.

Health Disparities

Diabetes Medications and Devices

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

Federal Coordination on Diabetes

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


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  • Last Reviewed: December 15, 2014
  • Last Edited: June 29, 2015

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