Our mission is to unite and align key diabetes stakeholders and the larger diabetes community around key diabetes-related policy and legislative efforts in order to elevate diabetes on the national agenda.


DAA’s 2019 Advocacy Priorities. Prevention of type 2 diabetes is a policy priority for the Diabetes Advocacy Alliance (DAA) because slowing the number of new cases of diabetes is vital to decreasing the human and economic burden of diabetes in America. (Click here for a complete list of the DAA’s 2019 Advocacy Priorities.)

The time is right for advocacy for diabetes prevention because:

  • We have a very strong evidence base. Scientific research has demonstrated conclusively that type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed in adults with prediabetes through both community-based and online settings.
  • We have a structure in place for scaling up diabetes prevention programs nationwide. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has established the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP), which makes it possible for organizations to get trained and certified as CDC-recognized providers of evidence-based diabetes prevention programs.
  • We have a favorable review from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of the Actuary, certifying that diabetes prevention programs save money and improve health outcomes in seniors in Medicare, as demonstrated by the YMCA of the USA under a grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. Because of this favorable review, HHS Secretary Burwell has proposed extending coverage for diabetes prevention programs under Medicare.

Preventing Diabetes in Medicare Act
The legislation allows Medicare to reimburse registered dietitians and other qualified nutrition professionals to provide medical nutrition therapy (MNT) to patients at risk of diabetes or with prediabetes, in addition to patients with diabetes and renal disease.

Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP)
Beginning April 1, 2019, Medicare will begin covering the diabetes prevention program for eligible Medicare beneficiaries with no costsharing. Successful implementation of this benefit is critical to ensure seniors at-risk for developing type 2 diabetes understand and utilize this new benefit. The MDPP is an evidence-based program estimated to save $2,650 per beneficiary over 15 months.

National Diabetes Prevention Program (Funding)
The National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) is an evidence-based lifestyle change program for preventing type 2 diabetes led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Federal funding supports access to and expansion of the program to some of the more than 84 million Americans with prediabetes.

Preventive Health Savings Act
The legislation would create a more accurate budget scoring system for legislation dealing with preventive health services. The legislation would allow the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to collect data past the current ten year window since savings for preventive services often occur outside the conventional budget window.