2017 Diabetes Report
The Council of State Governments will release a new report, "Diabetes in the United States: Examining Growth Trends, State Funding Sources and Economic Impact", on state spending for diabetes at the 2017 CSG National Conference in Las Vegas on Dec. 15.
CSG, with assistance from the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, surveyed all 50 states to discover how many states appropriate funds for diabetes prevention and management. Half of the states reported state funds used in fiscal year 2017 for diabetes programs 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.
The number of adults with diagnosed diabetes increased nearly five-fold in the U.S. between 1980 and 2015—from 5.5 million to 25.8 million—as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Diabetes costs are estimated at over $160 billion every year, through medical treatment and indirect costs due to lost productivity, unemployment due to chronic disability, and premature mortality.
The report highlights state-funded diabetes programs in five states -- Delaware, Kentucky, New York, Tennessee and West Virginia.
“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 Rep. Denise Garlick, who serves as co-chair of the CSG Health Public Policy Committee.
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