We must protect America's seniors!

The Medicare Diabetes Prevention Act (S.962/H.R. 452) will provide seniors with coverage for the National Diabetes Prevention Program. Covering this proven, low cost program for seniors will save our country more than a billion dollars in healthcare and federal expenses over ten years. Moreover, it will save seniors from horrible diabetes complications, including blindness, amputations, kidney failure – even death.

Help us save lives - tell your legislators our nation’s seniors are at risk and our country cannot afford to let this problem continue!

Please take a moment to personalize your letter to explain the impact diabetes has had on your life. Stories always make a better case than statistics, and personalized e-mails will have an even greater impact than form e-mails. Personalizing your letter is extremely important!

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Support diabetes prevention for our nation's seniors

Dear [Decision Maker],

As your constituent and someone who believes we need to solve both our nation's diabetes epidemic and our current fiscal crisis, I stand with the American Diabetes Association (Association) in urging you to support the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Act of 2013 (S. 452/H.R. 962). The legislation will provide coverage for the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP), a low-cost, evidence-based diabetes prevention program, for our nation's seniors.




New research recently released by the Association in partnership with the American Medical Association and the YMCA shows that the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Act of 2013 will reduce federal spending by $1.3 billion in the 10-year (2015-2024) budget window, as it reduces the incidence of diabetes among seniors. These savings will continue to grow after the initial ten-year period.

Diabetes is a costly epidemic, with diagnosed diabetes alone costing our country $245 billion last year, a 41% increase in just five years. We cannot ignore this opportunity to control growing healthcare costs while making our country healthier at the same time. Half of all seniors in our country have prediabetes and are at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes, and diabetes already accounts for one third of Medicare spending. Without action, Medicare spending on diabetes will continue to grow exponentially. These increasing costs are unsustainable.

However, type 2 diabetes can often be prevented, even in those at the highest risk. There are steps we can take today to help seniors avoid developing this chronic illness and its severe, costly complications, which include kidney failure, blindness, heart disease, stroke, and amputation. We need to focus on proven targeted prevention initiatives like the National DPP, a low-cost community lifestyle intervention aimed at those most at risk.

The private sector recognizes the value and effectiveness of this program. For example, General Electric offers the National DPP to its employees. The CEO of United Healthcare, Stephen Hemsley, has said his company -a strong supporter and early adopter of the program - saves four dollars for every dollar it invests in this program because their beneficiaries are healthier.

The Medicare Diabetes Prevention Act of 2013 will extend the proven benefits of the National DPP to high risk Medicare beneficiaries. I urge you to become a cosponsor and support this effort to reduce health spending and prevent diabetes. Thank you for your consideration of this request.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]