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.

Advocacy Action Center 

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

Federal Legislation

AADE is always working for its members at the Federal level 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 federal legislation that AADE is directly involved with, supporting or opposing.

State Legislation

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.

Affordable Care Act Information and Resources

When state and federal Health Insurance Marketplaces opened for enrollment on October 1, 2013, a lot of questions were left unanswered. As changes in health care continue to progress in America, AADE has determined these resources to be useful for our members.

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.