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Friday, Dec. 15

Diabetes Report Released During CSG 2017 National Conference

LAS VEGAS—The Council of State Governments released a diabetes report, titled Diabetes in the United States: Examining Growth Trends, State Funding Sources and Economic Impact, on Friday, Dec. 15, during a session sponsored by the CSG Health Public Policy Committee at the CSG 2017 National Conference in Las Vegas.
The number of adults with diagnosed diabetes increased nearly five-fold in the United States between 1980 and 2015—from 5.5 million to 25.8 million—according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Costs associated with diabetes are estimated at more than $160 billion every year from medical treatment and indirect costs due to lost productivity, unemployment and premature mortality.
CSG, with assistance from the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, surveyed all 50 states to determine the number of states that appropriate funds for diabetes prevention and management. Half of the states reported state funds used in fiscal year 2017 for diabetes programs specifically or broader public health efforts that included diabetes.
In six states—Colorado, Maryland, Michigan, New York, North Carolina and Tennessee—the 2017 appropriations topped a million dollars each. Spending levels varied from a high of $6.6 million in Colorado to a low of $5,000 in South Dakota.
“As a nurse, I know that the potential exists to prevent people from getting diabetes through interventions that build healthy communities. In Massachusetts, the Legislature recognizes this potential and allocates state funds to help achieve that public health goal. The just-completed CSG survey found half of the states’ legislatures recognize the growing burden of diabetes and accordingly budgeted state dollars to curb the growth of this disease in children and adults,” said Massachusetts state Rep. Denise Garlick, who serves as co-chair of the CSG Health Public Policy Committee.
In addition to describing the economic impact of diabetes and funding for diabetes programs, the 18-page report also describes diabetes classifications and risk factors and puts a spotlight on the diabetes programs in five states: Delaware, Kentucky, New York, Tennessee and West Virginia.
“We really didn’t know what to expect when we asked states if they put up their own state funds for public health programs to intervene in the trend of increasing diabetes," said Debra Miller, CSG director of health policy. "We hope the report will inspire leaders to consider funding for diabetes and lead them to talk with their peers in the states that are providing funding to learn more about strategies to win funding and outcomes from the new programs.”
The diabetes report is available online here.  


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