SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) Tuesday announced the Diabetes Prevention Program and the Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support Program, nationally-recognized diabetes prevention and management programs, will be newly eligible for Medicaid coverage in Illinois, upon final federal approval.
Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in Illinois.
An estimated over 1 million adults in Illinois have Type 2 diabetes, and a significant share of those individuals may not know it. It is estimated that many more Illinoisans have prediabetes, a condition where blood-sugar levels are high, but not high enough to warrant a Type 2 diabetes diagnosis.
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 34% of the adult population in the U.S. currently has prediabetes, yet 80% of people are unaware of that diagnosis.
CDC-recognized DPP organizations can enroll as Illinois Medicaid providers to deliver the program to eligible participants by administering services during regular sessions over the course of the year, including dietary and nutritional counseling, fitness assessments and educational sessions on how to prevent Type 2 diabetes.