Sending Office: Honorable Diana DeGette
Request for Cosponsor(s)
Cosponsor the Preventing Diabetes in Medicare Act of 2017 (H.R. 3124)
We hope you will join us as cosponsors on the Preventing Diabetes in Medicare Act of 2017 (H.R. 3124). This legislation will strengthen efforts to tackle the diabetes epidemic in America, especially among older adults served by Medicare,
who are disproportionately impacted by diabetes and prediabetes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 11 million seniors have diabetes and half of all seniors over age 65 have prediabetes.
The Preventing Diabetes in Medicare Act would allow Medicare coverage of Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) services for people with prediabetes and other risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes. Under current law, Medicare covers MNT provided
by a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and other qualified nutrition professionals only for beneficiaries with diabetes, kidney disease or certain kidney transplant recipients. Unfortunately, Medicare does not cover MNT for beneficiaries with prediabetes.
Nutrition therapy services have proven very effective in preventing diabetes by providing individuals with prediabetes or risk factors for type 2 diabetes with access to the best possible nutritional care and counseling to handle their condition.
The Preventing Diabetes in Medicare Act would help improve our nation’s fiscal health by preventing disease and therefore decreasing what we spend on treatment and related health complications. By helping people with prediabetes manage their condition, Medicare
will avoid paying for the more expensive treatment of diabetes. In 2012, the nation spent $322 billion on diabetes, an increase of 48 percent from 2007. Over 62 percent of these costs are borne by the federal government—through programs such as Medicare.
Much of the recent increase in Medicare spending is driven by diabetes.
Unfortunately, the diabetes epidemic in America continues to grow. According to the CDC, as many as 1 in 3 adults could have diabetes by 2050 if current trends continue. We invite you to become a co-sponsor of this important piece of legislation, which
will prevent or delay diabetes for millions of seniors.
Diana DeGette Lynn Jenkins
Member of Congress Member of Congress
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