American Diabetes Association: Advocating to Stop Diabetes LaShawn McIver, MD, MPH National Director, Public Policy & Strategic Alliances
Already at EPIDEMIC proportions:• 25.8 million with diabetes• 79 million with prediabetesAnd, increasing at an alarming rate:• Now: 11.3% of U.S. adults have diabetes.• By 2050: 1 in 3 American adults
ALL at increased RISK FOR DEATH, AND LIFE-LIMITINGDISABILITIES.•Leading cause of kidney failure,non-traumatic lower limb amputations, andnew cases of blindness among adults•Major cause of heart disease & stroke.•7th leading cause of death
Diabetes is costly. SeriousEconomic Diabetes health COSTS ARE A BIG BURDEN – Burden for all of us: •Those with diabetes more than 2X the health care costs of those without diabetes. •For children the cost is 6X higher •1 in 10 health care dollars spent treating diabetes. •1 in 3 Medicare dollars spent on people with diabetes.
MISSION: To Prevent and Cure Diabetes and Improve the Lives of All People Affected by DiabetesAdvocacy goals:• Increase federal and state funding for diabetes prevention, treatment and research• Prevent diabetes• Eliminate discrimination against people with diabetes• Improve the availability of accessible, adequate and affordable health care
Health Reform: What it means for people with Diabetes • Ends discrimination • People with diabetes cant use up their insurance or have it taken away when they need it most • Limits on out-of-pocket costs for all and an array of help for low and moderate income people with diabetes • New focus on primary prevention
Health Reform• Coverage for kids and young adults• Exchanges• Essential Health Benefits• Prevention