Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Colorado employee diabetes coverage featured in CDC report

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released its 2014 Diabetes Report Card covering progress in diabetes prevention and management. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is featured in the reports "Stories from the Field" section. 

"The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has worked with internal and external program champions in Colorado to include the National DPP as a covered health benefit for state government employees. Partners include the state’s wellness coordinator, major health plans that operate in the state, the Colorado Prevention Alliance, the Colorado Business Group on Health, and the Colorado Department of Personnel and Administration. 

Initially, the partners worked together to pilot test the National DPP for CDPHE employees. This pilot test helped decision makers in Colorado better understand the value of the program. In September 2013, the National DPP became a covered benefit for 34,321 state employees who had either UnitedHealthcare or Kaiser Permanente health plans. Because the National DPP has been proven to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes, its use in Colorado will result in lower health care costs and a healthier, more productive state workforce."

For more information, go to CDPHE's Diabetes Prevention Program web page.

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