American Diabetes Association Announces 2013 Federal and State Legislative Priorities

December 18, 2012

The American Diabetes Association is pleased to announce its legislative priorities for 2013, including both legislative and regulatory work the Association executes across key issue areas, with a specific commitment to ending health disparities.

Each year, the Association identifies the leading federal and state legislative priorities and policy goals that will be instrumental in our ongoing efforts to Stop Diabetes®.

Diabetes is a growing epidemic and is taking a devastating physical, emotional and financial toll on millions of children and adults across the country. Currently, in the U.S. there are nearly 26 million people living with diabetes and another 79 million with prediabetes. The national price tag for diabetes is an estimated $245 billion each year.

When factoring in the additional cost for undiagnosed diabetes, gestational diabetes and prediabetes, the total annual cost increases to $218 billion, putting the fiscal stability of our country at risk.

“The American Diabetes Association works tirelessly to fight against diabetes and its deadly consequences and gives a voice to the millions of Americans affected by this disease,” said Gina Gavlak, RN, BSN, Incoming Chair, National Advocacy Committee, American Diabetes Association. “As part of the Association’s commitment and ongoing efforts to Stop Diabetes, our legislative priorities will ensure that we will do our best to work closely with Congress and state legislators to make diabetes research, prevention programs and access to health care a top national priority”.

The American Diabetes Association’s federal priorities for 2013 include:
•    Federal Funding for Diabetes Research and Prevention 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 the Special Diabetes Program;  funding for the National Diabetes Prevention Program and increasing overall federal funding for diabetes research and prevention
•    Health Insurance: Ensure the Affordable Care Act, Medicare and Medicaid are implemented in ways best meeting the needs of people with diabetes and prediabetes
•    Prevention: Focus type 2 diabetes prevention efforts on individuals with prediabetes, as well as the general public; expand efforts to reduce obesity and improve nutrition and physical activity
•    Health Disparities: Support proposals specifically focused on reducing the disparate impact of diabetes on minority communities
•    Research and Surveillance: Stem Cell Research and Gestational Diabetes Act
•    Discrimination Issues
•    Bills Related to Complications and Comorbidities of Diabetes
•    National Diabetes Clinical Care Act

The American Diabetes Association’s state priorities for 2013 include:
•    Health Insurance: Diabetes Cost Reduction Acts, Implementation of the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid
•    Discrimination Issues: Safe at School campaign to ensure students with diabetes are medically safe and have access to the same educational opportunities as their peers; oppose laws and policies with blanket treatment of people   with diabetes, including private driver’s licenses
•    Prevention: Focus type 2 prevention efforts on individuals with prediabetes, as well as the general public; expand efforts to reduce obesity, and improve nutrition and physical activity
•    Research and Surveillance: Diabetes Prevention and Control Programs, stem cell research, and  innovative research and surveillance opportunities
•    Diabetes Action Plans: Support bills requiring state agencies involved with diabetes to review and prioritize their efforts and develop action plans
•    Bills Related to Complication of Diabetes
•    Reducing Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption

About the American Diabetes Association

Nearly half of American adults have diabetes or prediabetes; more than 30 million adults and children have diabetes; and every 21 seconds, another individual is diagnosed with diabetes in the U.S. Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization whose mission is to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The ADA drives discovery by funding research to treat, manage and prevent all types of diabetes, as well as to search for cures; raises voice to the urgency of the diabetes epidemic; and works to safeguard policies and programs that protect people with diabetes. In addition, the ADA supports people living with diabetes, those at risk of developing diabetes, and the health care professionals who serve them through information and programs that can improve health outcomes and quality of life. For more information, please call the ADA at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish. Find us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn)