YMCA of Central Ohio

Obamacare pilot to prevent diabetes starting at YMCA

Carrie Ghose
Staff reporter - Business First

The YMCA of Central Ohio will start enrolling Medicare recipients this month for a diabetes prevention demonstration project under Obamacare that if successful in reducing medical bills could become a standard benefit.

The Columbus-based branch is one of 17 nationwide participating in the program that coaches participants on diet and fitness to help prevent diabetes from developing. The program is open to those covered by Medicare, the federal insurance for those age 65 and older, who are showing symptoms that they’re at risk for type 2 diabetes.

As I reported in July, the YMCA started the coaching program two years ago with insurer UnitedHealthcare and still offers it for its at-risk members in Central Ohio.

YMCA of the USA was awarded the $12 million grant to start the Medicare project over the summer and the final clearance came now from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The goal is to enroll 10,000 participants across the 17 regions, and the individual YMCAs will be reimbursed afterward.

Informational sessions and diabetes screenings for Medicare recipients start next week

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