Type 2 diabetes is largely preventable, and the National DPP is an evidence-based and cost-effective program that works to do just that; prevent diabetes. National DPP is a high-value program because so many people may be eligible to participate. The program supports lasting lifestyle change that results in population health outcomes that reduce claims related to pre-diabetes, diabetes, and associated risk factors. That’s why insurance companies offer diabetes prevention programs as a covered benefit in their plans; they are scientifically proven and really work! Plus, it reduces your costs – per member per year costs for people without diabetes are significantly less than for people with diabetes. Even after 10 years, those who participated in a National DPP class had a lower rate of developing type 2 diabetes!

Additional Information and Resources

What can payers and insurance do to help prevent diabetes?

1. Increase your organization’s knowledge of prediabetes and the National Diabetes PreventionProgram. Make sure to understand and assess your individual organization’s needs and opportunities related to diabetes prevention.

2. Use the American Medical Association’s Diabetes Prevention Cost Savings Calculator to calculate and assess your potential medical cost savings.

3. Engage your Medical Director in designing health plan options that include the National Diabetes Prevention Program as a covered benefit.

4. Make the Diabetes Prevention Program a covered benefit by incorporating it into new health plan designs.

5. Promote and increase awareness and enrollment among your employees.

6. Assess the impact of the program by sharing your Diabetes Prevention Return on Investment (ROI) results.

7. Promote the National Diabetes Prevention Program as an effective population health management program! Work to expand coverage to additional plans within your network. Helps us scale and sustain the National Diabetes Prevention Program in Nebraska!

Together we can help prevent diabetes in our state!

Health Costs:

  • 7th leading cause of death in Nebraska
  • More likely to die of heart disease or have a stroke
  • Higher risk of serious health complications, such as blindness, kidney failure, lower limb amputations

Financial Costs:

  • People with diabetes have twice the medical costs than those without diabetes
  • Average annual medical expenses are approximately $13,700 per year; of which, $7,900 is directly related to the management of the disease
  • In 2012, the United States spend $245 billion on diabetes!

The Nebraska Diabetes Worksite Toolkit was created in partnership with the Nebraska Safety Council – WorkWell. The toolkit is designed to support the comprehensive Worksite Wellness Toolkit. Each section will guide you through user-friendly steps to implement sustainable changes that support the prevention and control of diabetes.

To download a copy please click here.

Check back often to learn about more Nebraska business who are supporting, covering, and/or implementing evidence-based diabetes prevention and control programs!

This online toolkit was developed to provide information to payers interested in covering the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) lifestyle change program. For more information on how to cover the program by specific payer type, please visit the coverage toolkit site here.