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Medicare to Roll Out Diabetes Prevention Program in 2018
November 17, 2016
The US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that, as of January 1, 2018, it will be expanding
the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) out from its current pilot to provide coverage for all eligible at-risk beneficiaries with
prediabetes who are aged 65 years or older.
It is estimated that more than 11 million people, or about 26% of people 65 years of age and older in the US, have diabetes
and face higher risks of heart disease, kidney failure, limb amputations, and blindness. It is also estimated that in 2016,
Medicare will spend an estimated $42 billion more on beneficiaries just because they have diabetes.