Tackling Diabetes: Solutions to a Complex Disease

Diabetes is on the rise across the United States, posing a significant health care challenge. Currently the seventh leading cause of death in the country, it could affect as many as one in three American adults by 2050. This complex set of diseases also comes with a hefty price tag - $245 billion annually in medical costs and lost productivity.  

How can we improve the management of type 1, or juvenile diabetes? What is being done to prevent type 2 diabetes and ensure access to quality care? What role can policy makers and health experts play in early identification and improved outcomes for at-risk and underserved communities?

On December 6, The Hill convened lawmakers, medical experts, and patient advocates for a briefing on diabetes and the challenge it poses to society, health policy experts and the health care industry.   



  • Rep. Robin Kelly (D-IL), Chair, Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust 
  • Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY), Co-Chair, Congressional Diabetes Caucus
  • Paul Baker, Senior Director for Programs, National Alliance for Hispanic Health
  • Karen Kmetik, Group Vice President, American Medical Association
  • Barbara Linder, MD, Senior Advisor, Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolic Diseases, NIH, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases
  • Ken Thorpe, Chairman, Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease
  • Stephen J. Ubl, President and Chief Executive Officer, PhRMA
  • Scott Whitaker, President and Chief Executive Officer, AdvaMed


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