2019 State and Federal Legislative & Regulatory Priorities

Diabetes Research and Programs

  • Increase overall funding dedicated to diabetes research, programs, and clinical translation of research, including, but not limited to:
    • The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at the National Institutes of Health.
    • The Division of Diabetes Translation at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
    • The Special Diabetes Program for type 1 research and programs in American Indian/Alaska Native communities.
    • The National Diabetes Prevention Program to support community-based programs to prevent type 2 diabetes
    • Diabetes research and prevention programs in states.
    • Innovative funding for diabetes research and programs.
  • Protect research opportunities

Access to Adequate and Affordable Health Care

  • Ensure public and private health insurance coverage options, including, but not limited to, those under the Affordable Care Act, Medicare, Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program, and state-mandated benefits provide adequate and affordable access to the medications, tools, education, and health care necessary to meet the Association’s Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes.
  • Oppose weakening of existing protections for people with diabetes and prediabetes in federal and state law.
  • Make insulin affordable for all who need it and increase transparency throughout the insulin supply chain.


  • Assess the burden of diabetes and prediabetes to develop, implement, and promote diabetes prevention policies and programs.
  • Reduce obesity, improve nutrition, and increase physical activity in communities.


  • Ensure students with diabetes are medically safe and have access to the same educational opportunities as peers without diabetes.
  • Ensure laws and policies for private and commercial driver’s licenses result in fair treatment of people with diabetes.
  • Ensure fair treatment of employees with diabetes.
  • Ensure fair treatment of people with diabetes accessing places of public accommodation and public services.

Health Disparities

  • Promote health equity among at-risk populations affected by diabetes and prediabetes.

Advancing Treatments and Technology

  • Provide scientific expertise to regulators on issues related to diabetes and the need for improved means to treat, monitor, and prevent diabetes.

Federal State Priorities (PDF)

Legal Advocacy Priorities (PDF)

  • Last Reviewed: January 16, 2018
  • Last Edited: January 11, 2019

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