NCSL Releases Report Addressing the Costs of Diabetes to States

1/15/2016

NCSL NewsDenver—Tennessee appropriated nearly $3 million specifically for diabetes, a chronic disease that affects more than 29 million Americans and another 86 million with “pre-diabetes,” a condition that still can be halted. Other states, such as New York, Illinois and New Mexico have appropriated hundreds of thousands of dollars to combat this disease. The U.S. spends an estimated $245 billion annually to address the growing problem of diabetes.

NCSL’s new report explains how diabetes accounts for more than 6 percent of total health spending, and provides a closer look at programs and budget appropriations that play a role in control and prevention of diabetes. All 50 states received some funding from the Centers for Disease Control for chronic disease programs, while 20 states also directly appropriated some funding for diabetes in their budgets.

The report, which is especially timely for a large number of states that begin state budget deliberations this month, highlights the following issues surrounding the costs of the diabetes epidemic:

  • Overview of the costs associated with diabetes.
  • Medical descriptions of types of diabetes.
  • State legislative responses to diabetes – programs and budget appropriations.
  • Details by state: Appropriations for FY 2014.

More detailed information on these statistics can be found in the full report. The report was researched and written by NCSL’s Health Program with the financial support of Novo Nordisk.

The full report is for immediate release. Download it now.  


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