cost estimate commissioned by the American Diabetes Association concludes that Rep. Susan Davis’ proposed Medicare Diabetes Prevention Act would reduce federal spending by $1.3 billion over 10 years..

Rep. Susan Davis, D-53.

The bill would create a new Medicare benefit covering eligible diabetes prevention
programs for Medicare beneficiaries diagnosed with pre-diabetes.

“This bill is a win-win in that it cuts costs and, more importantly, it would reduce incidents of diabetes in seniors,” said Davis. “The reality is that preventative care reduces health care costs and is a key to reducing overall health care spending. By expanding targeted prevention initiatives, like the National Diabetes Prevention Program, to seniors on Medicare, we can achieve even greater cost savings by preventing diabetes and its complications.”

The study was conducted by Avalere Health to identify federal savings or costs of Davis’ bill and its Senate companion using methods similar to the Congressional Budget Office.

Davis represents the 53rd District, which includes La Mesa, El Cajon, Lemon Grove and large portions of San Diego and Chula Vista.

— From press releases by Rep. Susan Davis and the American Diabetes Association

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.