According to the American Diabetes Association, an estimated 23.6 million adults and children in the U.S. have diabetes. Of these, 5.7 million cases have gone undiagnosed. These statistics raise the question of what state legislators can do to educate their constituents on how to recognize the symptoms of diabetes and, once diagnosed, how to manage and prevent complications caused by diabetes.
State legislators can play a vital role in supporting healthcare initiatives that require insurers to cover testing supplies; yearly eye, foot, and dental exams; visits to dietitians; and regular A1C testing (a blood test that measures blood sugar control over a three‐month period). In addition, state legislators can educate providers about treatment standards tailored to individual patients.
Our Diabetes Legislative Toolkit includes fact sheets, frequently asked questions, sample legislation, and other resources that will assist state legislators in their efforts to educate constituents on diabetes management and prevention and help improve quality of life for patients with diabetes. Below are links to the toolkit:
If you have any questions regarding the Toolkit, please contact Heather Boyd, Policy Associate, at 202.333.0825 ext. 217 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.