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 Program 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.

Health Insurance and Affordability

  • 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 physical and mental health services, medications, devices, 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.


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

Health Disparities

  • Specific initiatives to reduce the disparate impact of diabetes in minority communities.

Advancing 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: January 17, 2017
  • Last Edited: January 19, 2017

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