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National Diabetes Clinical Care Commission


  • First Introduced: 2012
  • Latest Action: Re-introduced (H.R. 309) on January 5, 2017; passed the House on January 9, 2017. Non-identical Senate version of the bill (S. 920) passed by Senate on September 6, 2017.

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Key Points

Data from the National Diabetes Statistics Report, 20141, illustrates the overwhelming burden of diabetes in the United States. Over 29 million Americans have diabetes, up from 25.8 million in 2010. Of the 29.1 million, 21.0 million were diagnosed, and 8.1 million are undiagnosed. 86 million Americans age 20 and older had pre-diabetes in 2012, while 11.8 million Americans age 65 and older had diabetes (diagnosed and undiagnosed). There are also many complications and co-morbidities
associated with diabetes, including hypoglycemia, hypertension, cardiovascular disease death, kidney disease, among others.

Diabetes remains the 7th leading cause of death in the U.S., although it may be underreported as a cause of death. Studies have found that only 35% to 40% of people with diabetes have diabetes listed on their death certificate, and 10% to 15% had it listed as the underlying cause of death.

  • The National Diabetes Clinical Care Commission will focus on improving diabetes care delivery, patient outcomes, and cost effectiveness of care.
  • Registered dietitians will be among the health experts on the Commission, offering practical insight on how to improve clinical care for people with diabetes.
  • This is a bi-partisan bill, with 167 co-sponsors in the House and 21 co-sponsors in the Senate.

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