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Illinois has a new law to ensure that children with diabetes have access to the medical care they need. Under HB 822, which received unanimous approval in the state General Assembly, schools are given the authority to store an undesignated supply of glucagon.

The Diabetes Action Plan is a new way to help ensure legislators and other policymakers are strategically taking steps toward reducing the prevalence of diabetes in their state. Kentucky and Texas passed Diabetes Action Plan legislation in 2011, while seven other states—Illinois, Louisiana, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon and Washington—passed legislation in 2013.

Nineteen million people in the United States had been diagnosed with type I or type II diabetes in 2010, although the number of people diagnosed varies by region. Diabetes costs the U.S. $245 billion in 2012 in both direct and indirect costs. Costs associated with diabetes also vary by region. Direct costs include such things as hospital or nursing home stays, ambulance services and home health services, as well as insulin and other diabetic supplies and treatments, while indirect medical costs refer to absenteeism, unemployment and reduced productivity.

Results from a study by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are calling for more prevention to help curb the diabetes epidemic. The study, titled Secular Changes in the Age Specific Prevalence of Diabetes among U.S. Adults spans from 1988 to 2010 with samples taken from adults in three differ time periods including 1988 to 1994, 1999 to 2004, and 2005 to 2010. Research was conducted using the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey to collect solid evidence from 22, 586 adults.

The study shows that the amount of adults with diabetes increased by 75%...

An estimated 26 million Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes, while another 79 million have prediabetes. Policymakers have a real chance to reduce the burden of diabetes on public health care systems, employers and individuals who have the disease. This session  presented a number of promising state policy initiatives, such as partnering with community YMCAs to increase physical activity opportunities, encouraging appropriate care models in schools for children with diabetes and ensuring timely screening for gestational diabetes. State legislators who have championed prevention and treatment, community program managers and others who have joined the battle for better health outcomes spoke during this session.