Policy and Advocacy

AADE is committed to providing diabetes educators and people with diabetes a voice in Washington and in the state capitals.

The AADE Grassroots Advocacy program is responsible for maintaining a national network of diabetes educators to support activities that affect persons with diabetes and public policy related to diabetes education and care.

The AADE Board of Directors and Chief Advocacy Officer determine the Association's advocacy agenda and keep a close-watch on the happenings in Washington and raises awareness among our membership of legislative and regulatory proposals that affect diabetes educators and their patients.

AADE's Policy and Advocacy goals include:

  1. Influencing the future of diabetes education and the role of the diabetes educator in health care.
  2. Advocating for policies that improve access to diabetes self-management training (DSMT).
  3. Attaining and maintaining reasonable reimbursement for diabetes educators.
  4. Providing AADE members with tools and resources to stay engaged in public policy and be better equipped to advocate on their own behalf.
  5. Supporting programs and initiatives that detect diabetes or serve to prevent more people from developing the disease.
  6. Educating Congress, State legislators, and other professional organizations and stakeholders about AADE’s advocacy priorities.

Federal and State Legislation

AADE is always working for its members at both the Federal and State levels on issues that support and promote the diabetes educator. In addition, we are constantly monitoring legislation that affects diabetes educators, diabetes education and people with diabetes. When needed, AADE takes a position on an issue. These are current pieces of legislation that AADE is supporting, opposing or monitoring. This list is updated regularly.

State Licensure Initiative

In an effort to gain recognition of the qualified diabetes educator, AADE has embarked on a diabetes educator state licensure initiative. As management of diabetes becomes increasingly complex, it is imperative that diabetes health care professionals be well educated and appropriately credentialed. Licensure of the Diabetes Educator will provide minimum standards for patient safety and for recognition of the professional.

Advocacy Action Center

Take action on legislation pending before Congress. Find your State and Federal Legislators.

Policy Positions and Comments

AADE’s Public policy position statements and comments are the official stance the association has taken on existing legislative or regulatory initiatives.

Interactive Advocacy Map

Find key members involved in State and Federal Advocacy efforts and State-by-State DSMT/E reimbursement statutes.  

Advocacy Tools and Resources

Get help communicating the facts of DSMT with your members of Congress. Find valuable resources for your State and Federal Advocacy efforts.