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House of Representatives
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session


Posted: June 13, 2014 12:46 PM
From: Representative Donna Oberlander
To: All House members
Subject: Resolution calling on Joint State Government Commission to provide an assessment of diabetes programs and diabetes related planning
In the very near future, Rep. Longietti and I, as co-chairs of the Diabetes Caucus, will be introducing a resolution calling on the Joint State Government Commission to provide an assessment of diabetes programs and diabetes related planning within Commonwealth state agencies, and to call on state agencies to develop goals and benchmarks to reduce the incidence of diabetes. The report will be submitted to the Majority and Minority Chairs of the PA Legislative Diabetes Caucus and the Human Services Committee on a biennial basis. The resolution will enable better collaboration and innovation among state agencies with a vested interest in containing the reach of the diabetes epidemic by directing them to develop a plan of action to reduce the economic burden of diabetes within their respective programs.
  • In Pennsylvania, the prevalence of diagnosed diabetes in adults aged 18 and over grew by 67% between 1995 and 2010;
  • Approximately 991,000 over the age of 18 have been diagnosed with diabetes in PA, and another 517,000 are likely to have undiagnosed diabetes;
  • An estimated 3.27 million Pennsylvanians are at risk of developing diabetes;
  • Diabetes and its complications is the 7th leading cause of death in PA;
  • Diabetes will cost Pennsylvanians an estimated $14.7 billion in 2015 growing to an estimated $18.4 billion by the year 2025; and
  • Statistics show that with appropriate management and early identification, costs related to diabetes can be significantly reduced.
The purpose of the plan is to assess, review and prioritize efforts to contain the reach, scope and costs of the epidemic of diabetes and its complications. The plan and report will offer options and opportunities that legislators and policymakers can utilize today to ensure the future health of the Commonwealth is not dictated by diabetes.

Please join me in cosponsoring this important piece of legislation.

Introduced as HR936