Sen. Franken introduces diabetes prevention bill

Sen. Al Franken has introduced a diabetes prevention bill,that he says will bring “significant health care savings and better health for Americans.”

Republican Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana is the co-sponsor.

It’s called the Diabetes Prevention Act of 2009 and provides:

  • Grants for diabetes prevention model sites for those at high risk for diabetes. These grants will assist community-based diabetes prevention (CDP) programs working with health care delivery systems to identify, refer and provide those at high risk for diabetes with cost-effective, group-based lifestyle intervention programs.
  • Development of a recognition program for eligible entities to serve as community-based diabetes prevention programs. The CDC will require each program to provide a description, ensure adequate training, and agree to submit data for outcome evaluation.
  • Creation of a training and outreach program. The CDC will develop curriculum and training for lifestyle intervention in partnership with state diabetes programs, academic institutions and community-based nonprofits.
  • Quality assurance for community-based diabetes prevention model site and for other CDC recognized CDP sites. The CDC will provide evaluation, monitoring and technical assistance to each CDP program. A public registry of the CDC-recognized programs will be established.
  • Applied research grants to advance the national strategy for community-based programs, improve communication strategies for high-risk communities and examine model benefit and payment designs for diabetes care.

November is American Diabetes Month.

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Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Mike Wyatt on 11/06/2009 - 07:49 pm.

    Lifestyle intervention programs? Can we get any MORE “Big Brother?” Look, people most at risk for diabetes are generally POOR. They eat CRAP because they are POOR. More money steered to Acorn-like “lifestyle prevention” groups does not change this fact, and actually could take away from other funds that might make a difference in the lives of people to get them out of POVERTY. We don’t need socialist social workers going door to door “checking up” on people. Nor do we need yet more government programs. They are always over budget, ineffectual, and generally corrupt. Enough Nationalizing of America! If its important, make sure people have access to it under their HEALTH CARE. (Hint, hint.)

  2. Submitted by Bernice Vetsch on 11/08/2009 - 01:39 pm.

    Even Richard Nixon favored better ideas for ending poverty than today’s “conservatives.”

    The cause of poverty, as someone once noted, is that poor people don’t have enough money.

    One way to cure that, said Nixon and I’m sure others, is a negative income tax. Anyone whose income, as reported to the IRS on his/her tax return, is below a certain threshold would receive monthly checks from the government the next year to bring that income up to a livable amount.

    Not only would this method end most poverty, but it would let social workers help families and individuals work through their non-money problems instead of spending endless time checking how much money they make.

  3. Submitted by Jeff Klein on 11/09/2009 - 09:26 am.

    As usual, Franken’s intentions are honorable but he’s missing the mark. The root of this problem is that we subsidize all of the wrong foods. It is our farm bills that make the most unhealthy foods the cheapest. Until you take that on, you’re just applying a band-aid to a broken leg.

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