American Diabetes Association Applauds the Introduction of the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Act
August 1, 2012
The American Diabetes Association (Association) applauds Senator Al Franken (D-MN), Senator Richard G. Lugar (R-IN) and Senator John D. Rockefeller (D-WV) for their leadership in the fight to Stop Diabetes® through the introduction of the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Act, legislation that will provide coverage of the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) under the Medicare program.
The National DPP at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a public-private partnership made up of government agencies, private insurers and community organizations. This proven prevention program provides evidence-based community programs based on an NIH clinical trial that showed participants over the age of 60 could reduce their risk of developing diabetes by 71 percent. Coverage of this program through Medicare will improve the health of America’s seniors, while advancing the fiscal health of our nation by decreasing annual federal expenditures on diabetes and its devastating complications including amputation, blindness, and end-stage kidney disease.
“The American Diabetes Association strongly supports the introduction of the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Act,” said L. Hunter Limbaugh, Chair of the Board, American Diabetes Association. “This legislation will provide our nation’s seniors with access to proven diabetes prevention programs that will drastically change the course of type 2 diabetes among this high-risk population.”
Nearly half of all Americans age 65 and older have prediabetes and are at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The Urban Institute estimated nationwide expansion of community-based diabetes prevention programs would save $191 billion in health care costs over ten years. With the prevalence and cost of diabetes on the rise, there has never been a more crucial time for Congress to support proven and cost-effective programs that will reduce overall health care spending and improve the lives of Americans.
About the American Diabetes Association
More than 29 million Americans have diabetes, and every 23 seconds another person is diagnosed with diabetes. The American Diabetes Association (Association) is the global authority on diabetes and since 1940 has been committed to its mission to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. To tackle this global public health crisis, the Association drives discovery in 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 provides support and advocacy for people living with diabetes, those at risk of developing diabetes and the health care professionals who serve them. For more information, please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETESS (1-800-342-2383) or visit diabetes.org. Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish. Find us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn)