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Insight: Helping Prevent Type 2 Diabetes, One State at a Time

The Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute is working with the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to Help States Expand Medicaid Coverage of the National Diabetes Prevention Program

By: Laura Summers

Note: The opinions expressed are those of the author alone and do not reflect an institutional position of the Gardner Institute. We hope the opinions shared contribute to the marketplace of ideas and help people as they formulate their own INFORMED DECISIONS™.

On March 11th, 2020, the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD), along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Diabetes Translation and the University of Utah’s Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, hosted the first of a three-part virtual and interactive Learning Collaborative on Medicaid coverage for the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP).

More than 88 million U.S. adults—1 in 3—have prediabetes, putting them at higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. The National DPP lifestyle change program is a year-long, evidence-based structured lifestyle change program developed by the CDC that can reduce participants’ risk of developing type 2 diabetes by up to 58%. The risk of early death is 60% higher for adults with diabetes.[1]

The March 11th Learning Collaborative convened over 80 participants from states that are actively implementing or planning for Medicaid coverage of the National DPP. These states include Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wyoming. The Learning Collaborative also i