Power to the People: How You Can Help to Vastly Improve Diabetes Care in America

Here’s the good news: More than 30 federal agencies are doing great work to improve the health care for our nation’s diabetes patients.

Here’s the not-so-good-news: These agencies work independently, with little coordination and communication between them. Thus the outcomes and potential benefits to patients are drastically hindered.

Diabetes is one of the most serious health concerns of our lifetime, and, as new data from the CDC shows, things are going from bad to worse.

  • 29.1 million (9.3 percent) of Americans have diabetes – an increase of 13 percent from 2011
  • 86 million people in the U.S. over 20 years old are considered prediabetic – up 9 percent in three years.

Total costs associated with diagnosed diabetes in 2012 have risen to $245 billion from $174 billion in 2007 – up 41 percent. As the epidemic of diabetes continues to grow, we need a better plan of attack to impact the problem in a meaningful way.

This is where you can help.

The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) is championing a solution by calling on Congress to pass the National Diabetes Clinical Care Commission Act (H.R. 1074/S.539). This important bill will create a public- private commission composed of endocrinologists, front-line diabetes healthcare providers and patient advocates that will identify critical gaps in existing federal diabetes programs and redundant activities, leading to recommendations that will better coordinate and leverage these programs and thus consolidate and improve the focus of taxpayer-funded activities.

The National Diabetes Clinical Care Commission Act has the support of the entire diabetes advocacy community, including the AACE, American Diabetes Association, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and American Association of Diabetes Educators, among many other organizations. The time for action is now and YOU have the power to create change!

If you or a loved one has diabetes or are at risk of getting the disease, or are a healthcare professional involved in diabetes care, contact your lawmakers in Washington, D.C. to urge passage of this vital legislation.

To send a prewritten email to your U.S. Representative and two U.S. Senators, please visit: https://www.aace.com/diabetesbill