American Association Of Diabetes Educators

Tell Congress about the importance of diabetes education!


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Diabetes Educators Reduce Care Costs and Improve Outcomes

Dear [Decision Maker],

As a diabetes educator and your constituent, I am writing to introduce myself and to discuss ways to respond to the diabetes epidemic gripping America. According to the CDC, approximately 9.4 percent of the U.S. population has diabetes. Another 84.1 million Americans have prediabetes, a condition that if not treated often leads to type 2 diabetes within five years.

Diabetes educators are nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, and other health care practitioners who specialize in working with individuals to manage their diabetes. They help people learn how to monitor blood glucose, take insulin and medications, improve their diets, and lead more active lives. Diabetes educators also help people with prediabetes to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. Diabetes educators take the time to make sure that people set plans and goals for treating and self-managing their diabetes.

In the 115th Congress, diabetes educators specifically worked on legislation to improve the diabetes self-management training (DSMT) benefit under Medicare. DSMT includes activities that assist a person with diabetes in implementing and sustaining the behaviors needed to manage their condition on an ongoing basis.

People who participate in DSMT have better health outcomes, higher quality of life, and cost Medicare an average of $1,309 less to care for over the course of three years than those who do not. Unfortunately, only about 5% of those eligible make use of the DSMT benefit. We plan to reintroduce this legislation, the Expanding Access to DSMT Act, early in the 116th Congress and we hope we can count on your support. The bill reduces barriers to people accessing DSMT by allowing greater flexibility in scheduling, reducing cost-sharing, and studying innovative DSMT delivery methods.

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As we begin the new Congress with a renewed focus on health care, I am happy to serve as a resource to your office for any diabetes care matters and offer the assistance of the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE). Please feel free to contact me or Kate Thomas, AADE Director of Advocacy, at (312) 601-4821 or should you have further questions or if there is any additional information we can provide.

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