This Spring, qualified Medicare members will have a new benefit available to them. For the first time ever, the cost of attending a program that may help to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes will be covered.
Programs to prevent diabetes have been around for many years. And they have been very successful for most people. Now, expanded coverage will allow more people to attend a 16 week Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program near them. The coverage change starts on April 1, 2018.
To qualify, you have to meet one of these two categories:
1. Be at least 18 years old AND
- Be overweight (body mass index ≥25; ≥23 if Asian) AND
- Have no previous diagnosis of type 1 or type 2 diabetes AND
- Have a blood test result in the prediabetes range within the past year:
- Hemoglobin A1C: 5.7%–6.4% OR
- Fasting plasma glucose: 100–125 mg/dL OR
- Two-hour plasma glucose: 140–199 mg/dL
2. Be previously diagnosed with gestational diabetes
If this sounds like you, ask your health care provider to refer you to a program. You can find programs in your area at: www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention
And remember, DHAC understands how to be on your team. We have helped hundreds of people learn to live well with diabetes and prediabetes. Learn how we can help you at dedhamhealthdiabetes.com!
-Cathy M., Diabetes and Exercise Consultant at Dedham Health