In April, the National Kidney Foundation announced the launch of its Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Primary Care Initiative aimed at overcoming barriers to CKD testing, detection and management. One important component of early detection is identifying those with the highest risk of developing CKD, and addressing their risk factors properly. The leading cause of CKD is diabetes, which in many cases can be prevented. Over 24 million Americans currently live with Type 2 diabetes, and millions more are at risk. While preventing diabetes won’t stop all CKD, it will reduce the risk for millions of Americans.
The National Kidney Foundation is proud to advocate for passage of the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Act (H.R. 962, S.452). This legislation will expand access to the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) among seniors covered by Medicare. Run by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National DPP has reduced the risk of Type 2 diabetes by 58%, in participants who are currently affected by prediabetes. Expansion of this program means more seniors can cut their risk of diabetes in half and avoid the complications of diabetes, including kidney failure and death. In addition, new research shows that the legislation can reduce federal spending by $1.3 billion over 10 years and savings generated by prevention of diabetes and its complications will continue to grow beyond the initial 10 years.
Help us save lives, kidneys and money – tell your Members of Congress to ensure all seniors with Medicare have access to this proven prevention program!