Medicare to Cover Diabetes Prevention
Great news: Medicare will now cover diabetes prevention. In 2002, a landmark government-funded study called the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) showed that type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed with lifestyle changes, including weight loss, regular physical activity, and healthful eating. Now, a study of 5,696 Medicare participants has found that those who followed the DPP’s approach for an average of 15 months lost an average 5 percent of their body weight and each saved an estimated $2,650 on health care costs. Those benefits are greater than the program’s cost, so it makes sense for Medicare—and possibly other insurers—to cover DPP programs. Find a DPP program near you at ymca.net/diabetes-prevention.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announcement, posted online March 23, 2016