It is expected that diabetes will cost the country about $226 billion this year, accounting for an estimated 10 percent of total health care spending, and will grow to $512 billion annually by 2021.If current trends continue, more than half of all Americans will have diabetes or prediabetes by 2020, according to an analysis from the UnitedHealth Center for Health Reform & Modernization. CDC funds will be used to:
- support intervention costs, participant and community outreach, and staffing, including recruiting and training nearly 40 lifestyle coaches to lead classes and supplement coaches already trained in the National Diabetes Prevention Program, to support enrollment at new sites;
- add an estimated 13 new organizations to host Diabetes Prevention Program classes, including Federally Qualified Health Centers working with Medicaid beneficiaries in Tennessee;
- build partnerships with businesses and insurers to provide long-term financial support for National Diabetes Prevention Program classes as a covered health benefit for employees and their families, and to establish reimbursement criteria that rewards successful programs;
- advise and assist organizations in following CDC evidence-based standards for the National Diabetes Prevention Program. These standards ensure program participants have the best chance for success making lifestyle changes regardless of where they participate in the program.