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Running head: MEDICARE DIABETES PREVENTION 1Medicare Diabetes Prevention Act Of 2013 Student’s Name Institution
MEDICARE DIABETES PREVENTION 2AbstractDiabetes is a common disease that affects many people in the U.S. The Medicare Diabetes Prevention Act of 2013 is a bill introduced in both senate and congress to improve the quality of healthcare services offered to pre-diabetes and diabetes patients in different parts of the country. Lawmakers intend to improve access to healthcare in the country to enable Medicare beneficiaries to benefit from different preventive and screening services to reduce their exposure to diabetes. The new bill seeks to improve access to risk groups such as pregnant women, the elderly and minority populations to ensure they benefit from high quality and timely interventions.
MEDICARE DIABETES PREVENTION 3Medicare Diabetes Prevention Act Of 2013 The Medicare Diabetes Prevention Act of 2013 seeks to address different issues that affect diabetes and the healthcare system in the country. The design of the policy seeks to strengthen preventive approaches in dealing with the disease to ensure high costs incurred by patients are reduced in the long term. It is estimated that about 1 out of 5 federal dollars that is allocated to Medicare in the U.S. is used to treat diabetes patients in different health settings across the country. The policy seeks to expand Medicaid to all people who are at risk of contracting the disease to reduce the high expenditures incurred in the treatment of the disease. The government seeks to come up with effective preventive services that are well suited to specific groups that are at risk of getting the disease (Ehrman, Gordon, Visich & Keteyian, 2013,p. 150). There were several members of both the Senate and House of Representatives who were involved in the introduction and subsequent formulation of the Act in the country. Senator Al Franken sponsored the motion in Senate that sought to improve the quality of healthcare serviceswhich are provided to diabetes patients in the country. His co-sponsors in the senate included: Senators Susan M. Collins, John D. Rockefeller, Jeanne Shaheen, Sherrod Brown, Ron Wyden, Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar. Pete Olsen introduced the bill in the House of Representatives for members of congress to debate it. Members discussed the main issues that affect the quality of care offered to diabetes patients. The debates also focused on how more people cam have quality access to less costly diabetes healthcare interventions (Ehrman, Gordon,Visich & Keteyian, 2013, p. 150).