To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to reduce the occurrence of diabetes in Medicare beneficiaries by extending coverage under Medicare for medical nutrition therapy services to such beneficiaries with pre-diabetes or with risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ``Preventing Diabetes in Medicare Act of 2011''.
SEC. 2. FINDINGS.
Congress finds the following: (1) According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are 79,000,000 adults with pre-diabetes in America. The CDC estimates that 50 percent of adults ages 65 and older have pre-diabetes. More than 90 percent of adults with pre-diabetes are unaware they have it. (2) For a significant number of people with pre-diabetes, early intervention can reverse elevated blood glucose levels to normal range and prevent diabetes and its complications completely or can significantly delay its onset. According to the Institute for Alternative Futures (IAF), if 50 percent of adults with pre-diabetes were able to successfully make lifestyle changes proven to prevent or delay diabetes, then by 2025 approximately 4,700,000 new cases of diabetes could be prevented at a cost savings of $300 billion. (3) Diabetes-related hospitalizations totaled 24.3 million days in 2007, an increase of 7.4 million days from the 16.9 million days in 2002. (4) Preventing diabetes and its complications can save money and lives. The average annual cost...