American Diabetes Association Announces 2014 Legislative and Regulatory Priorities

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Susan McCarthy
smccarthy@diabetes.org
703-549-1500

Alexandria, Virginia
December 23, 2013

The American Diabetes Association (Association) is pleased to announce its legislative and regulatory priorities for 2014, including both the federal and state efforts the Association executes across targeted issue areas. Each year, the Association identifies the leading federal and state legislative and regulatory priorities that will guide our ongoing efforts to Stop Diabetes®.

The diabetes epidemic is taking a devastating physical, emotional and financial toll on millions of people across the nation. Currently, in the U.S. there are nearly 26 million people living with diabetes and another 79 million with prediabetes. The national annual cost of diagnosed diabetes is an estimated $245 billion, representing a 41 percent increase over a five year period. 

“The American Diabetes Association is dedicated to giving a voice to the millions of Americans affected by diabetes,” said Gina Gavlak, RN, BSN, Chair, National Advocacy Committee, American Diabetes Association. “Our legislative and regulatory priorities are instrumental in guiding our work with Congress and state legislators, and help drive our efforts to make diabetes research, prevention programs and access to health care a top priority on Capitol Hill and in every statehouse across the nation.”

The American Diabetes Association’s federal priorities for 2014 include:
•    Federal Funding for Diabetes Research and 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 public and private health insurance options, including those under the Affordable Care Act, Medicare and Medicaid; provide access to the services, tools and education necessary to meet the needs of people with diabetes and prediabetes.
•    Prevention: Focus on primary prevention efforts of type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes.
•    Discrimination: Oppose laws and policies resulting in unfair treatment of people with diabetes, with a focus on employment issues.
•    Health Disparities: Support laws and policies specifically focused on reducing the disparate impact of diabetes on minority communities.
•    Research and Surveillance: Focus on expansion of screening, diagnosis, data collection and treatment of women with gestational diabetes and their children.
•    Bills related to Complications and Comorbidities of Diabetes
•    Bills advancing Federal Coordination on Diabetes


The American Diabetes Association’s state priorities for 2014 include:
•    Health Insurance: Ensure public and private health insurance options, including those under the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid, provide access to the services, tools and education necessary to meet the needs of people with diabetes and prediabetes; oppose efforts to repeal or create loopholes in the states and the District of Columbia with Diabetes Cost Reduction Acts
•    Discrimination: Continue to advance the Safe at School campaign to ensure students with diabetes are medically safe and have access to the same educational opportunities as their peers that do not have diabetes; oppose laws and policies regarding driving licenses which result in the unfair treatment of people with diabetes.
•    Prevention: Focus on primary prevention of type 2 diabetes.
•    Diabetes Programs and Surveillance: Support funding for Diabetes Prevention and Control Programs and other diabetes public health programs.
•    Bills Advancing State Coordination on Diabetes
•    Bills Related to Complication 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.