American Diabetes Association Announces Legislative Priorities

Alexandria,
January 6, 2011

The American Diabetes Association is pleased to announce its legislative priorities for the first session of the 112th Congress. Each year, the Association identifies the leading legislative priorities and key policy goals as part of the effort to Stop Diabetes.

In this country, nearly 24 million Americans are living with diabetes and an additional 57 million have prediabetes. The national price tag for diabetes is at an astounding $174 billion per year and that cost is estimated to almost triple in the next 25 years. Factoring in the additional costs of undiagnosed diabetes, prediabetes, and gestational diabetes brings the total cost of diabetes to $218 billion.

“Recent estimates project as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes by 2050,” said Janel Wright, National Chair, Advocacy Committee, American Diabetes Association. “We cannot afford to ignore the physical toll and economic burden this disease places on our country and we reaffirm our commitment to working together with Congress to ensure we have a focused, federal effort in place to save our country’s resources and save lives.”

The American Diabetes Association’s legislative priorities for 2011 include:

  • Federal Funding
    • Centers for Disease Control - Division of Diabetes Translation (DDT)
    • National Institutes of Health - National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
    • National Diabetes Prevention Program
    • Innovative funding opportunities in other federal agencies
  • Health Reform Defense & Implementation – focus on access to quality, affordable coverage that provide people with, and at risk for, diabetes the tools necessary to manage diabetes and prevent its onset and complications
  • Prevention – focus on primary prevention of type 2 diabetes centered on prediabetes, physical activity and nutrition
  • Eliminating Disparities in Diabetes Prevention and Access to Care Act to address racial and ethnic disparities
  • Gestational Diabetes Act to expand diagnosis, data collection and treatment
  • Diabetes Screening and Medicaid Savings Act to provide screening and diabetes care under Medicaid
  • Stem Cell Research
  • Health Entitlement Programs including Medicare and Medicaid
  • Discrimination Issues
  • Bills Related to Complications and Comorbidities of Diabetes

The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to Stop Diabetes and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (800-342-2383) or visit www.diabetes.org. Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.