AADE is deeply concerned about the recently proposed budget introduced by the White House and the impact it will have on people with or at risk for diabetes.
The proposed budget cuts Medicaid and CHIP, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, by $616 billion over 10 years. It also outlines an 18% cut ($5.8 billion) cut to the National Institutes of Health, which funds diabetes research, and includes an approximately 20% cut to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
This proposed budget comes at a critical time for America in our fight against diabetes. While massive cuts to healthcare access and research funding may seem like a smart short-term strategy for fiscal responsibility, it will cost our healthcare system considerably more to treat diabetes and its related complications in the long-term.
While AADE understands that proposed federal budgets undergo changes before the final vote is taken, we are concerned that this blueprint will negatively impact America’s fight against diabetes. We will continue to monitor the budget process and will ensure that the voice of the diabetes educator is heard in Washington, DC during the construction of the 2018 budget.
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