American Diabetes Association Applauds Congress On Passing The American Recovery And Reinvestment Act

February 16, 2009 at 11:00 am Leave a comment


The American Diabetes
Association (ADA) applauds the U.S. Congress for passing the American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).  This Act includes many
vital investments in our economy that will provide essential economic
stimulus while benefiting the health and well-being of people with
chronic illnesses like diabetes.  Funding in this act will help
address the staggering $174 billion that diabetes costs our country
every year.



“As one of the nearly 24 million people with diabetes in the United
States, I commend Congress for swiftly passing this important
legislation,” said George Huntley, American Diabetes Association
Chairman of the Board. “Diabetes is serious — it is among the
leading causes of death by disease in the United States.  Expanding
research, encouraging preventative health and wellness programs, and
protecting the Medicaid program are wise investments that will both
help to stimulate our economy and have a major impact for the
millions of people with chronic diseases such as diabetes.”



The Act provides $10 billion in funding for the National Institutes
of Health (NIH) including $8.2 billion for research; $1 billion for
prevention and wellness programs; nearly $87 billion in support for
state Medicaid programs; and $19 billion for Health Information
Technology (HIT).



The $10 billion in funding for the National Institutes of Health
(NIH) for biomedical research and construction of research facilities
is essential to finding a cure for diabetes and, until then, making
progress on important treatment and prevention programs.  At the same
time, this investment will both create and sustain jobs essential to
the recovery of our ailing economy.



With nearly six million people unaware that they have diabetes and
another 57 million Americans with pre-diabetes, the Association is
encouraged by the $1 billion in funding for prevention and wellness
initiatives contained in this bill.  Preventive health and wellness
programs will go a long way to help control this serious and costly
disease.  Additionally, with 11,000 jobs in state and local health
departments lost in 2008 and an additional 10,000 vacancies expected
in the coming year, these funds would help to restore lost jobs and
prevent the additional vacancies that are currently projected.



Inclusion of $87 billion to aid State Medicaid programs will help
over a million people at risk of losing their Medicaid benefits.
Many Medicaid beneficiaries have or are at risk for diabetes and
depend on this safety net to cover their diabetes supplies and
services to properly manage their disease.  Diabetes can result in
severe complications — including heart attack, stroke, blindness,
amputation and kidney disease — that result in significant costs to
the health care system and are often preventable. At the same time,
increasing federal funding of Medicaid will help generate new jobs,
wages, and business activity.



The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight against the
deadly consequences of diabetes and fighting for those affected by
diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage
diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides
objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied
their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, our mission is to
prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people
affected by diabetes. For more information please call the American
Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit
http://www.diabetes.org. Information from both these sources is available in
English and Spanish.



American Diabetes Association

[Via http://www.medicalnewstoday.com]

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