Through Advocacy, the American Diabetes Association works to leverage its voice to promote laws and policies that best meet the needs of people who have, or are at risk for, diabetes.
In an effort to increase funding and raise awareness for prevention, research and treatment, Capitol Hill Advocacy Day brought Diabetes Advocates from across the country to meet with Members of Congress who serve on the powerful Appropriations Committees. Joined by tens of thousands of other Advocates who contacted their Members of Congress throughout the year through email, letters, phone calls and in-district meetings and events, they urged Congress to make critical investments to alter the course of diabetes in the nation.
The Association continued to work to expand access to health care for people living with, or at risk for, diabetes. Our efforts ensure diabetes care and prevention are included as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is rolled out at both the national and state levels. In 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the law, a crucial victory in the ongoing fight to Stop Diabetes ® . As the law is fully implemented, those affected will continue to see benefits including, diabetes, coverage of diabetes care in state health care marketplaces, the end of discrimination based on pre-existing conditions and the expansion of the National Diabetes Prevention Program.
The Special Statutory Funding Program for Type 1 Diabetes Research and the Special Diabetes Program for Native Americans will receive an additional $300 million as a result of our successful efforts to secure reauthorization of the program. This means more research to prevent, treat and cure diabetes and more support for initiatives aimed at those disproportionately affected by the disease.
In continued efforts to build outside support for our advocacy efforts in disparately impacted populations, the Association carried its message to major conferences including the National Council of La Raza, the Congressional Black and Hispanic Caucuses and the National Indian Health Board, to name a few.