Thanks to your advocacy, the Special Diabetes Program reauthorization passed both the Senate and the House and is on its way to the President’s desk to be signed into law! Your meetings with Members of Congress, phone calls and emails kept this alive and got us to the finish line!
The reauthorization renews the Special Diabetes Program for one year at the current funding level of $150 million for the type 1 diabetes program and $150 million for the program focused on diabetes in Native American and Alaska Native communities. This is a major victory for people affected by diabetes.
Our nation’s most effective federal initiative to Stop Diabetes® and its complications, the Special Diabetes Program has made real advances in diabetes research, treatment and prevention efforts, bringing us closer to a cure for diabetes.
Because of your help, this renewal will allow for:
- The development of new drug therapies and effective treatments capable of stopping diabetes complications;
- Progress in identifying environmental triggers for type 1 diabetes;
- Prevention, wellness and education programs for communities that are most at-risk of developing type 2 diabetes; and
- Continued research for a cure.
With nearly 26 million Americans living with diabetes and 79 million more with prediabetes, curing diabetes and preventing its complications is critical, and this is a huge step in the right direction! This victory couldn’t have happened without you.
Thank you for taking action and giving hope to millions of Americans with diabetes.