YMCA of Central Ohio

New Medicare Proposal Announced To Aid The Fight Against Diabetes

The Obama administration announced today in a special press conference in Washington, D.C., a plan to expand Medicare to cover programs that prevent diabetes among people at high risk for developing the disease, which includes the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program. 

The Diabetes Prevention Program provides a supportive environment where participants can work with others in a small group setting to learn how to adopt healthy habits to reduce their chances of developing the disease. In this evidence based, 12 week program, participants learn about healthy eating and increasing their physical activity, with the goal of reducing their body weight by 7% and increasing their physical activity to 150 minutes per week.

“It will truly change your life,” said Tim Gusler, a YMCA of Central Ohio Diabetes Prevention Program participant. “I lost about 75 pounds. It will make you healthier. I feel better; I have energy!”

Watch more of Tim's story here.

Under the proposed plan, Medicare would cover a participant's fee for participating in the program.  The Diabetes Prevention Program is offered at all YMCA of Central Ohio Branches and begins with 16 weekly sessions followed by monthly sessions led by a trained Lifestyle Coach.

The proposal will go through a public commitment period, but it will most likely be in effect before the end of President Obama’s term. This proposal is an extension of the Affordable Care Act. Details of how the diabetes prevention services will be paid for have not yet been released, however it could come through reimbursements to providers, or as a part of a package, including the services of doctors who diagnose and monitor diabetes patients. The exact details will be released by Medicare officials.

To learn more about the proposal, visit http://nyti.ms/21HkVF2

To learn more about the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, visit http://www.ymcacolumbus.org/diabetes